Christ the King H.S. Wins Basketball Titles
By Elio Velez
Malik Boothe felt the chill in the air. Then his Christ the King teammate Ryan Pearson felt the same in the final eight seconds of the city catholic 'AA" title game at Fordham University last Sunday.
Last year in the city championship, the Pearson, Boothe and the Royals watched Rice win the catholic city 'AA" title in overtime on last second heroics which hurt Christ the King.
But instead of heartbreak, Pearson, the junior forward from Rockaway, would be celebrating a city title, winning 57-54 and advancing to the catholic state tournament.
The semifinals take place tonight at SUNY Old Westbury, with the Royals taking on St. Dominic's at 6 p.m. and the nightcap features Rice and Holy Cross at 8 p.m.
St. Ray's had cut a 14 point fourth quarter deficit to 55-54 but Boothe's two clutch free throws increased their lead with eight seconds remaining.
Pearson knew Boothe, a senior guard heading to St. John's, would hold off St. Raymond's Gerald Colds from knocking down the game tying three pointer.
"I was having flashbacks but I knew Malik is a great defensive player and he will do what he will do. I knew he would help get the game in the bag," Pearson, who scored 18 points, said.
Colds shot an airball, ending St. Ray's season and keeping Christ the King very much alive in the quest for a N.Y. State Federation berth in Glens Falls.
"I feel great. It was heartbreaking last year but right now I feel great. I could celebrate all night," Pearson said.
Cashen, Midwood Still Alive In PSAL Postseason
The Lady Blazers of Murry Bergtraum can play like a freight train that can't be stopped. Their latest victims, Midwood, was the recipient of a 69-40 beating in the PSAL 'AA' semifinals at Hunter College last Saturday.
With Bergtraum moving on to the finals at Madison Square garden on Sunday at p.m. against John F. Kellnedy, there still remains hope for playoff success for Midwood.
The Hornets would have to regroup against Manhattan Center if they want to win a berth as the PSAL 'A" representative in the New York State Federation Tournament That games takes place today at 5p.m. at the High School for Construction in Richmond Hill.
The winner takes on whoever loses Bergtraum/JFK on Tuesday at the H.S. For Construction to become the PSAL 'A' representative in Glens Falls next weekend.
Michelle Cashen, the Rockaway resident and starting forward knows too well what it means to be run over. After Bergtraum ran off to a 24-0 start, more misery was added as an unidentified player's elbow accidentally hit Cashen's left eye, causing a visible cut below her right eye and a black eye.
"My nose was hurting in the year. I almost broke my nose against (Benjamin) Banneker so I thought was it broken," Cashen said after the game. "Then I thought I was blind but I was only was hurting a bit and I fought through it."
Cashen dusted herself off the floor and came back in the game to score 13 points. She knows her team will be have to bounceback to defeat Manhattan Center, who they lost to in a non-league game earlier this season.
"Right now its time to move on," Cashen says of not dwelling on the Bergtraum loss. "I don't want the softball season to start now. I want to continue playing basketball."
CTK Plays Through Controversy
Sky Lindsay returned to the sidelines of the Christ the King Lady Royals after a two game absence but not without the controversy surrounding her ending anytime soon.
But Lorin Dixon, her University Of Connecticut teammate picked up the slack leading the Royals to the Brooklyn/Queens diocesan title and a berth in the state catholic 'AA" finals against St. John the Baptist. That will take place on Sunday at Cardinal Spellman High School.
Dixon scored 18 points in their state catholic semifinal 45-43 win over St. Michael's Academy at St. John's on Wednesday.
Lindsay returned to the bench in CTK's 45-43 victory after suffering a back injury in a fall outside her home in Canarsie according to her mother. But sources believe that she had quit the team last week and asked the coaching staff to be put back on the squad.
There is no word if she will be able to play on Sunday.
The Mary Louis Academy defeated Sacred Heart 48-39 in the state catholic 'A' semifinals at St. John's University last Wednesday. Casey Shevlin scored 18 points and Amanda Burakoski added 13 points for TMLA, who advances to the championship on Sunday against St. Peter's at 3 p.m. at Cardinal Spellman High School.