Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Cole Anthony does not have pleasant memories of the final basketball game of his sophomore season at Archbishop Molloy High School.
Anthony missed on his attempted layup with three seconds left in regulation and the Stanners lost to Cardinal Hayes, 64-62, in the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional championship at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Gym.
To this day, Anthony blames himself for the team’s loss.
“We weren’t ready to play, the whole team,” the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Anthony told me last week in the Molloy gym in Briarwood. “None of us came to play. I remember the practice before, dudes were smiling. And that’s probably on me, it was probably on me not to put them mentally in check, but we weren’t ready for that game.”