The Christ the King boys basketball team is now two wins away from calling themselves Catholic High School Athletic Association city champions.
The Royals, led by coach Joe Arbitello, defeated St. Raymond’s of the Bronx 77-53 on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the CHSAA Intersectional city tournament at Fordham University in the Bronx.
A little over a week after Brooklyn’s Bishop Loughlin blew the doors off Christ the King 90-71 in the Brooklyn/Queens championship game, the Royals came out firing early against St. Raymond’s.
Senior point guard Andre Walker scored 10 first-half points while sophomore Jared Rivers scored seven points off the bench in the second quarter to give the Royals a 33-26 lead at halftime.
Christ the King held St. Raymond’s to just one basket for the first five minutes of the third quarter, allowing the Royals to expand their comfortable lead to one that was insurmountable.
Christ the King center Adonis Delarosa, who has received interest from solid college programs such as St. John’s, Pittsburgh and even Wichita State, a participant in last year’s Final Four and the nation’s only undefeated Division 1 college hoops team this season, scored 15 points in the victory.
Delarosa was also productive on defense, limiting St. Raymond’s center Luis Santos, his former teenage teammate on Dominican Republic’s Under-17 squad, to 13 points.
Fellow Royals Walker and Rawle Atkins scored 14 and 13 points respectively to contribute to a balanced offensive attack that has become a trademark of Christ the King throughout its decades-long run of relative dominance over the Queens high school basketball scene.
With the victory, the Royals advanced to the semifinals of the CHSAA Intersectional tournament, setting up a date with Cardinal Hayes of the Bronx on Thursday at Fordham, a rematch of last year’s semifinal game that Christ the King won.