Game of the Week: Bishop Loughlin vs Christ the King

Javian Delarosa is the x-factor for Bishop Loughlin as it tries to beat Christ the King. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Javian Delarosa is the x-factor for Bishop Loughlin as it tries to beat Christ the King. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

GAME OF THE WEEK

WHO: No. 2 Bishop Loughlin Lions (16-3, 11-1) vs Christ the King Royals (16-3, 12-1)

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bishop Loughlin High School, 357 Clermont Avenue, Fort Greene

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: This is a rematch of last year’s Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA city championship which Christ the King won 78-63 last season at Fordham University. It also could be a preview of this season’s CHSAA city finals as both teams only have one league loss this season.

Loughlin has had trouble with Christ the King in recent years despite the fact that both teams have been extremely talented. At this point it almost seems like it is more mental for the Lions than anything else.

That could actually be a good thing for Loughlin though as this year’s team is more senior laden than in the past couple while CK stars like Omar Calhoun and Jon Severe are gone and have been replaced with underclassmen. They’re talented underclassmen, but without that experience to back them up it may finally be time for Loughlin to get over the hump.

This Loughlin team is tough to beat too as it is lead by Khadeen Carrington, a Seton Hall commit, and Michael Williams, a Rutgers University commit. Those two are explosive on the court which means that no lead is safe for opposing teams. They like to call Javian Delacruz the x-factor and that’s exactly what he is. If he has a big night on Friday it is hard to see the Lions losing. Otherwise Carrington and Williams will have to step up big time.

One other player I’d like to highlight is Anthony Vernon. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound big man is going to have to have a big game going up against CK’s Adonis Delarosa. That’s not going to be easy, but the Lions should be prepared as they did a great job containing Luis Santos, St. Raymond’s 6-foot-8 monster, earlier this season. As it was in that game, containing the big man could be the key.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Christ the King sophomore forward Rawle Alkins
Christ the King junior forward Travis Aston
Christ the King senior center Adonis Delarosa

Loughlin senior guard Khadeen Carrington
Loughlin senior guard Michael Williams
Loughlin senior forward Javian Delacruz

COACHES:

Christ the King: Joe Arbitello
Loughlin: Edwin Gonzalez

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Christ the King
Dec. 6 won 62-43 over Fordham
Dec. 13 won 83-65 over Stepinac
Dec. 15 won 58-27 over All Hallows
Dec. 20 lost 69-48 to Cardinal Hayes
Dec. 28 won 70-68 over St. Michael’s (Tor)
Dec. 29 won 65-63 over Philadelphia MC&S
Dec. 30 won 56-53 over Long Island Lutheran
Jan. 6 won 71-66 over St. Raymond
Jan. 7 won 69-57 over Holy Cross
Jan. 10 won 83-76 over Molloy
Jan. 12 won 54-49 over Xaverian
Jan. 14 won 72-59 over St. Francis Prep
Jan. 16 won 49-46 over Kickapoo (MO)
Jan. 17 lost 83-54 to Montverde
Jan. 18 lost 75-46 to Paul VI
Jan. 23 won 77-50 over Mount
Jan. 25 won 67-48 over Iona Prep
Jan. 26 won 66-56 over Xaverian
Jan. 28 won 75-72 over St. Francis Prep

Loughlin
Dec. 3 won 91-52 over All Hallows
Dec. 12 won 77-58 over Mount
Dec. 15 lost 66-44 to Archbishop Carroll
Dec. 17 won 79-65 over St. Francis Prep
Dec. 27 won 50-46 over Norcross (GA)
Dec. 28 won 71-46 over Franklin (OH)
Dec. 30 lost 74-55 to Providence (FL)
Dec. 31 won 68-62 to Madison Memorial (WI)
Jan. 4 won 65-63 over Iona Prep
Jan. 5 won 76-51 over Fordham Prep
Jan. 7 lost 86-83 to Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 10 won 71-59 over St. Raymond
Jan 14 won 80-60 over Molloy
Jan. 17 won 61-50 over Xaverian
Jan. 19 won 78-53 over Stepinac
Jan. 24 won 82-69 over St. Mary’s
Jan. 25 won 69-55 over St. Anthony (NJ)
Jan. 28 won 79-66 over Holy Cross
Jan. 29 won 73-53 over St. Francis Prep

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