Former Lions Meet at Coliseum in G-League Contest
By Patrick McCormack, Molloy College Athletic Communications Assistant
Charlie Marquardt and Jaylen Morris called Quealy Gymnasium home for four seasons at Molloy. With the Lions, the duo's game matured and they led the maroon and white to the 2017 East Coast Conference title game. After their time in Rockville Centre, the duo, who finished third and fourth on the program's all-time points list, continued their careers in the NBA G-League.
Tuesday, December 26, the two players came together again. But this time, they met four miles away from Molloy at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale and were on different teams. Morris suited up for the visiting Erie BayHawks and Marquardt dressed for the Long Island Nets.
"It's pretty surreal," Molloy head coach Charles Marquardt said. "I am very thankful. It comes from their hard work and it comes from the coaching staff's hard work. I am very proud of them, and I am looking forward to more good things from both of them. Jaylen looks very comfortable, and Charlie really loves the Nets program."
Prior to the game, the two met and spoke, but once the contest started it was all business.
Morris started for Erie, which he has done in all 20 games this season, and netted six of the team's first 13 points to put the visitors ahead 13-6. Morris, who was selected 41st overall in the 2017 G-League Draft, finished the first half with 10 points, and the BayHawks led 59-41 at the break.
For the Amherst, New York native, playing at the next level has been a dream come true.
"It's been everything," said Morris, who tallied a career-high 29 points in Erie's game against the Delaware 87ers Dec. 23. "It's a dream come true. I wanted to be a professional since I was a little kid."
Morris and Marquardt were both on the floor to start the second half. In his first professional minutes, Marquardt, who was signed by the LI Nets Dec. 18, hit a three-pointer to cut Erie's advantage to 59-46.
"It was good," Marquardt said. "I just tried to do what I do best and change the feel of the game."
The Rockaway Beach, New York native's triple was also noticed by Nets head coach Ronald Nored.
"His three that he made sparked us," Nored said. "It kind of got us going in the right direction. You could fell the energy from the bench. We're proud of him."
Later in the third quarter, the two came together. With Marquardt guarding Morris, Morris turned the ball over giving the Nets possession.
At the moment, it didn't matter who it was, Marquardt was looking to make a play to help his team.
"I was trying to make the right play no matter who it was," he said. "It just happened to be him, so it ended up being funny."
Marquardt finished the game with three points on 1-of-4 shooting in four minutes of action.
Morris added four points in the fourth quarter to finish the night with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists in 36 minutes of play.