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.