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Christ the King, Bishop Loughlin Primed for CHSAA “AA” Championship Showdown

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by Ray Anczelowicz in High School, Tournaments

In their first game without junior point guard Corey Edwards, Christ the King seemed poised to continue their winning trend on Wednesday night against St. Raymond.

Up by as many as ten points in the first quarter, St. Ray’s was playing fantastic basketball in the early-going. As it proved to be a change of pace without Edwards at the wheel, the Royals were able to move in motion quite well the rest of the way.

Led by junior T.J. Curry and sophomore Omar Calhoun, the Queens school ran away with this one as the game went on. St. Ray’s junior guard, Devin Brooks, did all he could to keep his young Ravens squad in the game, but it was too late.

Behind a superb team-effort, Christ the King cruised past St. Ray’s 68-55 on their way to Fordham University for the CHSAA “AA” Championship game.

Brooks finished with a team-high 18 points along with pulling-down 7 rebounds. Calhoun dropped a game-high 20 points in the win.

Succeeding Christ the King’s win, Bishop Loughlin and Rice each vied for the chance to play in the title game.

Recent Hofstra-commit, Branden Frazier, would get things rolling early on for the Lions. Bishop Loughlin led 13-11 after the first quarter.

While Rice had multiple opportunities to send the Brooklyn school home packing, the Raiders were unable to capitalize, therefore allowing their opponents to creep back into the semi-final game.

Everything looked to be in Bishop Loughlin’s favor with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter as they controlled the game with a six point lead, 56-50, and possession of the ball.

Junior swing-man Jermaine Sanders would steal the following inbounds pass and convert the layup to cut the deficit to four, 56-52. Loughlin would once again turn the ball over as an unforced pass out-of-bounds switched possession back over to Rice. Sanders came up huge for his Raider team as the 6′6″ junior connected on a contested three-pointer to make it a 56-55 contest with 43 seconds remaining.

A Rice turnover following a Jayvaughn Pinkston free-throw would end the game. Bishop Loughlin would prevail, 59-58, in a hard-fought battle.

Loughlin will face Christ the King on Sunday, 3:30 pm at Fordham University for the CHSAA “AA” Championship.

Ray Anczelowicz

Gotham Hoops Scouting


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