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Christ the King regains crown, wins back-to-back city championships


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The Royals are once again wearing the city crown.

It was only two weeks ago that the Christ the King boys’ basketball team lost the Brooklyn/ Queens Conference championship game against Bishop Loughlin by nearly 20 points.

But with a renewed focus, the Royals dominated their rivals in a rematch in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional championship game Sunday to come up with a 72-61 victory at Fordham University.

“We were the underdogs coming into the game,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “People didn’t think we would win, but we surprised a lot of people.”

With the win, the Royals continued their era of dominance, becoming back-to-back city champs. Christ the King has also won four city championships in the last five years.

But in previous games recently, Loughlin posed a major threat.

The Lions defeated the Royals in two of their three meetings this season. So to win the city title, Christ the King shifted their focus to tougher defense.

“We didn’t allow any transitions,” Atson said. “We made sure everybody got back and stopped the ball.”

With about four minutes left, the Royals used a 17-3 run ignited by stifling defense to outpace Loughlin.

Sophomore guard Rawle Alkins led Christ the King with 24 points, and Atson, who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, was named the tournament MVP.

Atson also played tough defense, holding Loughlin senior guard Javian Delacruz to only eight points.

“Take away his offense, just the eight points that he held Javian Delacruz to, if you’ve done that, then you’ve done your job. I think that’s why he was named the tournament MVP,” Royals coach Joe Arbitello said.

The Royals will play PSAL champion Benjamin Cardozo in a Class AA state Federation semifinal on March 21 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

 

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Christ the King Royals rout Loughlin Lions in rivals rematch


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Christ the King sophomore Rawle Alkins predicted that his team would defeat league rivals Bishop Loughlin in their Sunday rematch.

The Royals had lost the first match-up against their Brooklyn/Queens AA conference rivals in a close 76-74 game, but Alkins knew the outcome would be different.

“I just felt confident,” Alkins said. “If you look at their team and you look at our team, we have so many mismatches it’s not even funny.”

Alkins prediction came through as the Christ the King Royals dominated the second half, led by senior big man Adonis Delarosa, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Royals to a 67-49 blowout of the Loughlin Lions. Alkins added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks, and junior forward Travis Atson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to the win.

With the win, Christ the King improved to 18-5 overall (14-3 in conference) taking over the lead from Loughlin, 18-5 overall (13-3 in conference), and secured at least a tie for the regular season title.

The difference in this game was Delarosa, who scored just three points in the first half, but suddenly came alive in the second half.

Being mismatched against smaller sized and less athletic opponents, the nearly 7-foot 265-pound center took advantage of his size to score and get to the foul line, where he shot 11 of 14.

“I just knew they couldn’t guard me,” Delarosa said.

His abilities were fully shown when, with just 1:03 remaining, he wrapped around a defender and slammed a two-handed dunk, causing the crowd to explode as the score became 63-44.

Then the big man sprinted back on defense to swat a layup. Although the block was called goal tending, it sent the crowd into louder cheers of “CK, CK, CK.”

Delarosa’s performance was even more meaningful as he had just come of a two-game suspension for committing a flagrant foul in the previous Loughlin game.

Because he couldn’t play, he had to watch his teammates lose to Archbishop Molloy in their last game, 71-68 in overtime.

“I knew if I was on the court, I would have made a difference,” Delarosa said. “It really hurts watching my guys play from the sidelines.”

The next game for Christ the King will be against Brooklyn Law Tech on Feb. 12.

 

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Christ the King dominates All Hallows in basketball season home opener


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

For Christ the King High School‘s basketball team it was business as usual.

The Royals completed a dominant victory over All Hallows High School, 58-27, for their season home opener Sunday.

Royals’ sophomore Rawle Alkins and Travis Atson led the team with a double-double each. Alkins had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Atson scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We were focused. We were ready to play before the game,” Alkins said. “We weren’t joking around in the locker room or nothing. We wanted to win really badly.”

The victory marks the third consecutive double-digit win for the Royals (3-0) in as many games to start the season.

Punishing defense coupled with an overwhelming offensive fueled the Royals, who are the reigning state basketball champions. By halftime the Royals lead 35-16. They continued attacking in the third quarter with a 9-0 run to inflate the lead to 46-16, before All Hallows (0-5) finally made their first basket in the second half.

By the end of the third quarter Royals head coach Joe Arbitello pulled his starters from the floor.

All Hallows was able to score a few more baskets in the fourth quarter while Christ the King starters were out of the game, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Despite the string big victories, Arbitello said they aren’t trying to blow teams out.

“We’re not really trying to show that we are dominant,” Arbitello said. “The one thing we are trying to focus on now is getting better every game. We want to play at the level that Christ the King has come accustomed to.”

The next game for the Royals will be on Friday, December 20 against Cardinal Hayes.

 

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