Mike Williams said that he saw it while he was riding the bus. Ed Gonzalez saw it during shootaround before the game. It was that look that Seton Hall-bound Khadeen Carrington has when he’s completely locked in. It wasn’t just a look that Carrington had.
Carrington, who has over 2,000 career points and is Bishop Loughlin’s all-time leading scorer, played the best game of his career as he scored 42 points to lead the Lions to a Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn/Queens title with a 90-71 win over Christ the King at St. Francis Prep in Queens on Friday night.
“He said before the game that he was going to put the guys on his back and that’s what he did,” Gonzalez, Loughlin’s head coach, said. “There is a certain communication that we have and he has a certain look. He’s known me for four years so I know that look. He had it in the last game and he had it again this game. We didn’t have to say anything, we did the talking with our eyes and I knew that extra effort was going to be there today.”
Carrington’s shot was nearly perfect all night. He finished 14-for-16 from the floor and 13-for-14 from the free throw line. Teammates all agreed that if he was open they were going to try to get him the ball. “He was hot early and missed just two shots all game. When you see that you know that you just have to keep delivering him the ball,” teammate Javian Delacruz said.
These were two closely matched teams that split a pair of regular season matchups. However, this was a one-sided game thanks not only to Carrington’s amazing play, he scored 11 of his team’s first 18 points, but also because of the Rutgers-bound Williams. The Lions had a 18-15 lead late in the first when Williams scored eight points in a row to send them to the second quarter up by 11.
“Mike is Mr. Hustle,” Gonzalez said. “He’s going to do what it takes to win. Mike isn’t content with just getting his 20 points a night, he also wants to get his stops too which is very unique and it makes him such a great player.”
The duo kept that going all game long — Carrington would go on a run and then Williams. By the end of the third quarter the pair had 49 points between them and Chris the King had 50 points as a team. Williams explained afterward that his team was tired of losing in the playoffs to Christ the King.
“We have a lot of history with them and we’ve been to the Brooklyn/Queens finals against them before and lost. This was a game that we felt like we had something to prove. We felt like we were the better team, but we had to go out and prove it to everyone. Prove it to ourselves too.”
After the game there was a big celebration on the court and Gonzalez was showed with water in the locker room. The jubilation was quickly subdued though as the Lions began to talk about their next goal — winning the CHSAA city title and they expect to go to the state tournament in Albany next month as well.
“They can celebrate now, but they know that we have a goal,” Gonzalez said. “Our scrimmage games are over. We just made it through 24 scrimmages and this is for real now. Now it’s one and done. They want to stay together for a little while longer.”