It seemed like this year was finally going to be the year that Bishop Loughlin overcame Christ the King. After losing to the Royals seven times in a row entering this season, the Lions snapped that streak with a home victory and then Khadeen Carrington dropped 42 points on them in a dominant win during the Brooklyn-Queens finals.
However, the two teams went back to their familiar roles when Christ the King beat Loughlin 72-61 to win the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s (CHSAA) city championship at Fordham University on Sunday.
“It hurts,” said a teary eyed Ed Gonzalez. “It hurts every single one of us. It’s a painful way to go. Some teams have to win and some have to lose, but to go this way, a little bit of a closer game would have been better. They didn’t play well in their last game of their high school career. It was tough to go out this way.”
Gonzalez said that there were no words spoken between he and Carrington after the game that the two embraced with tears in their eyes. Carrington and Mike Williams also hugged, but spoke no words.
“It’s over,” Carrington said of the moment with Williams. “We’re seniors and there is nothing that you can really say at this moment. Me and Mike did a lot of great things for Loughlin and for ourselves. Nobody can take that away from us. If you want to define us as players with a championship so be it, but we still did a lot of great things.”
Loughlin never got into a groove during this game. They kept up with Christ the King until the end, but shot just 14.3 percent from behind the arc, were out-rebounded 43-29 and got to the line just 14 times compared to Christ the King’s 31 trips.
“Shots we usually hit we weren’t hitting today,” Carrington said. “We shot terribly from the three and that’s our bread and butter. That’s the game right there.”
Carrington hit a big three to tie the game at 55-55 with 6:03 left to play, but Loughlin was never able to wrestle the momentum from Christ the King. When Carrington missed another three attempt with about 2:45 left, Christ the King’s Rawle Alkins came down court and hit a trey. That gave the Royals a four point lead that was too much to overcome as they finished on an 8-0 run.
“We’ve been with each other the last four years, (Carrington) accomplished a lot,” Gonzalez said. “The only thing missing from his resume was a city championship. We came close twice together and I really thought this was going to be the one. It’s tough.”