An end of an Era

By Nick Crispino

The Molloy community said farewell to two excellent student athletes on Feb 22. at the Quealy Gymnasium in Rockville Centre NY.  Senior's John Petrucelli and Tyler Hammett were congratulated and recognized for their achievements during Senior Night, their last home game of the season. Both Petrucelli and Hammett contributed in a blowout against the University of D.C., winning 90-66. Petrucelli finished with 32-points and 10 rebounds while Hammett produced 11 points and 8 rebounds. Head Coach Charles Marquardt talked about the two after the game, "I was sad to see it, because it's an end of an era. Hopefully we finish the season off smartly and with some success."

Marquardt passionately talked about the attributes both players bring off the court, "We did a visit to a special needs school and they're right there in the front. All the things they do off the court and not in a game is what we're going to miss the most." Petrucelli spoke about Senior Night after the game, "It's a big win, and being Senior Night we really appreciate the win." Hammett reiterated the same tone, "Senior Night was extra special because our parents were here and it was exciting to come out and play as a team and win." Both Petrucellli and Hammett were part of the best season ever for the Molloy men's basketball team, going 18-10 in the 2012-13 season. Petrucelli, arguably being the greatest Molloy athlete to grace the court, will leave having his name nest to many of the records. As of Feb. 23, 2014, Petrucelli started all 106 games in his college career. He became the all-time leading scorer at Molloy this season, currently owning 1919 points.

His 39-point effort on Dec. 11, 2013, against rival conference team Bridgeport, was the most points ever scored in a single game. He became the new all-time steals leader with 333 and, all-time leader with made field goals 639. His 751 rebounds and is third all-time and 320 assists ranks fifth. Petrucelli also holds the single-season record for most free throws with 166. He has wrapped up 26 weekly accolades throughout his career and has been an honorary member to three ALL-ECC teams. In 2010-11, Petrucelli was announced the rookie of year in the East Coast Conference. This season, Petrucelli has averaged 24.0 points per game, ranking fifth in country. His 32-point game on Senior Night, tied him with Alumni Kenneth Francis with most points in a season (600). Hammett has also made the record books, setting the single-game record for most blocks with 6 against New York Institute of Technology on Jan. 26, 2013.

Hammett is second on the all-time single season blocking list, with 42 in the 2012-13 season. His 1.5 blocks per game that year ranks second in schools history. In the 2013-14 campaign, Hammett's 1.4 blocks per game is ranked fifth in the ECC. Hammett is second on the team in rebounds, averaging 6.0 per game and has the third most field goals made with 73 on the season. Sophomore guard Brandon Williams talked about his teammates after the game, "Those guys are like my second family and it's a good experience to see them get the win." Charlie Marquardt IV also commented, "Today was a great day for them, they're great leaders to look up to and I wish them the best of success in the future."

Even though there won't be any home games left in the season, Petrucelli and the others are going to fight hard to earn a home playoff game in the East Coast Conference Championship Tournament. "We're hoping to get a home playoff seed and get one more game in," said Petrucelli.