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Sports in Brief: Eleby leaves St. Bonaventure

Franklin Learning Center graduate Malcolm Eleby, a starting point guard at St. Bonaventure, will not return to the basketball program for his senior season, coach Mark Schmidt said Tuesday.

Franklin Learning Center graduate

Malcolm Eleby

, a starting point guard at St. Bonaventure, will not return to the basketball program for his senior season, coach

Mark Schmidt

said Tuesday.

Eleby is the second player to leave the school after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a March 21 stabbing on campus that injured two men. Guard Lewis Leonar left last month. Both were fined $250.

Eleby started 57 games for the Bonnies, averaging 5.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds a game.

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