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Senior Andre Walker leads Christ the King to back-to-back state titles


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Christ the King point guard Andre Walker, like most high school seniors, didn’t want to lose his final game before graduation.

Walker told his teammates he wanted to go out as a champion in the locker room before the state Federation Class AA championship game against Long Island Lutheran Saturday in Albany, but he saw that dream falling apart as the Royals were trailing the Crusaders by as much as 14 points in the first half.

Then Walker stepped up.

The senior, who has taken a backseat in the scoring category all season, was almost perfect. He notched a game-high 25 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point arc, to defeat Lutheran 58-52 and give Christ the King back-to-back state titles. Walker was named the tournament MVP.

“Somebody needed to step up and he wanted to do it,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “This was going to be his last game before he left high school, and he really didn’t want to go out with a loss.”

In last year’s state title game, guard Rawle Alkins and former Royal Jon Severe, torched Lutheran. So this year the Crusaders prepared for the Royals’ star players. Alkins had just nine points and Atson had only eight.

But this opened up space for other players on the team to shine, and the seniors, Walker, Adonis Delarosa and Bryler Paige, had the necessary motivation. Paige finished with 10 points and Delarosa added six points and 13 rebounds.

Walker attacked aggressively in the third quarter, where he made 13 of his 25 points, proving that he could score if he needed.
“[Fans] only recognize points, but they don’t see what we do,” Walker said. “We can score too, but it’s not our roles on the team.”

Still undecided on where he will continue to play basketball and his education next year, Walker is just happy that he’ll leave Christ the King with winning dynasty intact.

“It feels good,” Walker said. “Only a select few can say they won two state championships, back-to-back.”

 

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Lions tear apart Christ the King in Brooklyn/Queens championship


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Bishop Loughlin dominated Christ the King High School boys basketball team in every aspect in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens championship on Friday at St. Francis High School.

For the past few years the Loughlin Lions have dropped the final game against their conference rivals. But the Lions, led by senior Khadeen Carrington, were in firm control of the game, powered by revenge.

Carrington, the CSHAA’s Most Valuable Player, scored 42 points in the 90-71 win over Christ the King Royals for the championship. Loughlin senior guard Michael Williams, a Rutgers commit, added 19 points and eight rebounds in the rout.

“We played like we had nothing to lose tonight,” Carrington said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder and we got the W.”

Towards the end of the first half, the Royals made an effort to catch up. Junior forward Travis Atson, who finished with 22 points, knocked down consecutive threes to make the score 43-33.

But Loughlin responded with two threes as well, including a buzzer beater by Darius James at halftime, extending the lead to 49-33 going into the locker room.

The second half was more of the same as the teams traded shots. The Royals weren’t making defensive stops and couldn’t catch up.

Carrington, a Seton Hall commit, may have put an end to Royal’s dreams of a comeback. With just 2:54 remaining in the game he stole the ball and slammed a powerful two-handed dunk, giving Loughlin a 82-59 advantage.

“The bottom line is [Loughlin] played like they  were supposed to,” Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. “They played like seven seniors that wanted to win the Brooklyn/ Queens Championship.”

The season isn’t completely over for the Royals. Now the team will head to the citywide tournament match ups, and Arbitello promised the team will pick their heads up for the next round.

“We’re Christ the King, we’re not sinking the ship here,” Arbitello said. “They are going to get our best effort the next time.”

 

 

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Christ the King Royals rout Loughlin Lions in rivals rematch


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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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Sports Star: Travis Atson, forward, Christ the King HS basketball team


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Photo courtesy Rick Atson

Name: Travis Atson
School: Christ the King High School 
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

Travis Atson is a junior forward on the Christ the King high school basketball team. Standing at 6’5 he is one of the team’s big men. As the reigning state champions, Atson is a part of a team which hopes to defend their title. Atson averages a double-double and has scored an average of nearly 20 points and 12 rebounds per game in the five games as of December 29. On top of his athletic prowess, Atson is maintaining an 85 percent academic average and participates in various community service activities, such as blood drives and volunteering to teach basketball to younger children.

Why did you start playing basketball?
“I started when I was about six-years-old. My mom’s friend was babysitting me and she brought me to a game, and I said I want to play. My first game I scored 16 points.”

What colleges are you thinking about attending next year?
“The main thing is to get a free scholarship to school. I haven’t thought about college yet. But I have received interest from Boston University, Hofstra, VCU and Georgetown.”

What kind of community service do you do?
“With my school with do a lot of community service. We just did a blood drive.”

What do you like to do besides basketball?
“In school I take a hip hop dance class. We performed in front of the whole school. It gets my footwork and coordination better.”

What would you do if you couldn’t be a pro-basketball player?
“Actually, I would want to be a teacher and I would want to be a basketball coach for my school [Christ the King]. First, because they get to play sports all day and I just love being around kids and having fun.”

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Christ the King dominates All Hallows in basketball season home opener


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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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