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Canisius' Takal Molson, Niagara's Jai Moore earn postseason honors

Canisius guard Takal Molson and Niagara's Jai Moore led six Buffalo-area players chosen to All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball teams the league announced Monday.

Four Canisius players and two Niagara players earned All-MAAC postseason honors as voted on by the league’s 11 coaches.

Molson was an All-MAAC first-team men’s basketball selection, and Moore was an All-MAAC first-team women’s basketball selection.

Molson averaged 17 points, 5.5 rebounds and two assists per game in 30 games for the Golden Griffins. He also averaged 17.3 points per game in conference play. A sophomore from Buffalo, Molson scored at least 20 points in a game eight times, and is 14th in the MAAC at 5.5 rebounds per game.

Molson was the 2017-18 MAAC Rookie of the Year.

Moore, a guard from Brooklyn, is the MAAC’s second-leading scorer (17.2 points per game) and is fourth in free-throw percentage (77.6 percent, 104 for 134). She scored at least 20 points in 12 games, including a career-best 31 points Dec. 31 in a 74-69 win against Colgate.

Moore also helped the Purple Eagles to the fourth-highest scoring offense in the conference (61 points per game).

The All-MAAC men's and women's first-team selections are candidates for the MAAC player of the year awards, which will be announced Friday in Albany.

Niagara’s Marvin Prochet was an All-MAAC men’s second-team selection. The senior forward averages 15.9 points per game, and is the only player ranked in the top 10 in four statistical categories: points per game, rebounds per game (fourth, 7.2), 3-point field goal percentage (third, 42.8 percent) and 3-pointers per game (fourth, 2.6). Prochet also has eight double-doubles this season.

Canisius guard Malik Johnson was an All-MAAC men’s third-team selection, averaging 9.6 points, 4.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in 30 starts. He is the MAAC’s active leader in consecutive starts (97).

Canisius forward Sara Hinriksdottir was an All-MAAC women’s second-team selection. The forward from Keflavik, Iceland, averaged 13 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and had seven double-doubles for the Golden Griffins this season. The senior is seventh all-time for Canisius in scoring with 1,411 points.

Canisius guard D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks was a MAAC women’s third-team selection. She averaged 11.7 points per game.

The MAAC men's and women's basketball tournaments begin Thursday at the Times Union Center in Albany.

All-MAAC men’s basketball teams

First team

  • Takal Molson, Canisius
  • E.J. Crawford, Iona
  • Rickey McGill, Iona
  • Cameron Young, Quinnipiac*
  • Jalen Pickett, Siena*

Second team

  • Tajuan Agee, Iona
  • Marvin Prochet, Niagara
  • Rich Kelly, Quinnipiac
  • Stevie Jordan, Rider
  • Evan Fisher, Siena

Third team

  • Malik Johnson, Canisius,
  • Brian Parker, Marist
  • Diago Quinn, Monmouth
  • Frederick Scott, Rider
  • Davauhnte Turner, Saint Peter’s

All-rookie team

  • Jalen Pickett, Siena*
  • Sloan Seymour, Siena
  • Neftali Alvarez, Fairfield
  • Warren Williams, Manhattan
  • Tyrese Williams, Quinnipiac

All-MAAC women’s basketball teams

First team

  • Rebekah Hand, Marist
  • Alana Gilmer, Marist
  • Jai Moore, Niagara
  • Aryn McClure, Quinnipiac
  • Stella Johnson, Rider*

Second team

  • Jen Fay, Quinnipiac
  • Paula Strautmane, Quinnipiac
  • Sara Hinriksdottir, Canisius
  • Sierra Green, Monmouth
  • Amari Johnson, Rider
  • Maddie Sims, Siena

Third team

  • Courtney Warley, Manhattan College
  • Lexi Posset, Rider
  • D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks, Canisius
  • Grace Vander Weide, Marist
  • Khadidiatou Diouf, Fairfield
  • Aaliyah Jones, Siena

All-rookie team

  • Juana Camilion, Iona
  • D’yona Davis, Manhattan
  • Lou Lopez-Senechal, Fairfield*
  • Briyanah Richardson, Saint Peter’s*
  • Lucy Thomas, Monmouth*

*-denotes unanimous selection

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