continued Fortunately for Shen, Molloy provided a significant offensive spark off the bench. Molloy's first three-pointer came at the end of the first quarter, which tied the score at 7. Molloy then helped spark a 9-2 Shen run to start the second quarter with his second long-distance shot.
"I think Dylan is going to continue to develop," said Dzikas of Molloy. "He handles the ball well, and he's a great shooter. He's probably the best pure shooter we have."
Mohonasen had its best offensive burst over the final four minutes of the second quarter. Three-pointers from Manikas, Killian Tallman and Grant Massaroni helped the Mighty Warriors turn a 16-9 deficit into a 22-21 halftime lead.
Mohonasen carried the momentum into the third quarter, as it opened the period with a 5-0 run. But Shen scored the next seven points to take a 28-27 lead, which set the stage for a see-saw battle the rest of the night. The lead changed hands five times before Shea drained a three-pointer to give Shen a 41-39 lead.
Luke Cafarelli hit a driving layup shortly after Shea's three to tie the game at 41 for Mohonasen. Shen regained a two-point advantage when Brian Rogers followed Brandon Miller's missed shot with a rebound and putback, but Massaroni drove for a quick layup at the other end to knot the game again.
Both teams had opportunities to take the lead over the final two minutes, but neither side could get a shot to drop until Shea took matters into his hands.
"I can't complain about our effort. We had good effort all night," said Dagostino. "We just didn't play possession smart basketball. We weren't mentally strong."
Shea finished with 10 points to compliment Molloy's 12-point performance for Shen. Manikas paced Mohonasen with 12 points, and Cafarelli added 10 points.
Shen and Mohonasen return to divisional play Tuesday. Shen visits Shaker in a North Division showdown, while Mohonasen hosts Bethlehem in a South Division clash.