Christ The King’s Own Named CHSAA Coach of the Year
5/4/18 - 01:17 PM

2018 Brooklyn-Queens Champions

Christ The King’s Own Joseph Arbitello Named CHSAA Coach of the Year.Christ the King High School takes pride in the naming of Coach Joseph Arbitello as the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s (CHSAA) Coach of the Year. Arbitello has been CK’s Varsity Basketball Coach for the last 10 years. In that time, he has won six Brooklyn/Queens Championships, five City Championships, five NY Catholic State Championships and three NYS Federation Championships. Serphin R. Maltese, Chair of the Board of Trustees said, “We congratulate Coach Arbitello on being named the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s Coach of the Year.  His hard work and steadfast dedication to the school and our basketball team has been a beacon of excellence which we can all draw pride from.”


Playoff Update
3/6/18 - 01:51 PM

The Boys Varsity basketball City Semi-Final game will be moved to Thursday night at 6:00 PM at St. John's University due to the weather expected on Wednesday.

Girl's Varsity will play for the City Championship Friday night at St. Raymonds HS for Boys at 7:30 against Cardinal Spellman.


Christ the King confident they can win it all in 2017-18 by Bryan Fonseca
3/1/18 - 11:34 AM

With numerous city and state championships and sustained success over many years, “Christ the King speaks for itself,” as current boys head coach Joe Arbitello says.

That’s why getting bounced in the Catholic League quarterfinals in last year’s postseason served as a disappointment.

This time, the Royals enter with more talent, confidence, and maturity from last season. The Middle Village-based team began their 2017-18 campaign on December 1, losing to last year’s CHSAA Champion, Cardinal Hayes, 84-64, but turned around to defeat 2017 PSAL AA runner-up, Thomas Jefferson, 85-76, on Sunday. 

On that note, does coach Arbitello believe his team has what it takes to win it all this year, which they haven’t done in the CHSAA since 2014-15? 

Hell yes. 

“I’m confident every year that we could win it,” Arbitello told BQE Media after one of the final team practices before the season. “There’s a lot that goes into it, but I think we have all the tools to be a great team. 

“What’s different between this year and last year was that they were so immature last year,” he continued. “Like young kids, they think they’re invincible, like it could never happen to them, and then I think reality set in. That’s why if you watch us scrimmage and play, things get competitive, things get physical.” 

And he was right.

During that Wednesday practice, star players like dynamic junior guard Tyson Walker and his classmate, 6-foot-10 Kofi Cockburn, were given no breaks from teammates. Both Walker and Cockburn have plenty of offers from division one programs, and Cockburn received a visit from University of South Carolina head coach Frank Martin last week. 

The first words uttered during the opening three-on-three drill were from Arbitello directed at his skilled guard, asking “what do you got, T?” to which Walker responded by scoring seconds after. 

Later during the session, Walker rolled a ball off the court mid-drill toward the sideline, to which Arbitello utilized as a teaching moment for the young guard, and Walker displayed some self-awareness afterward. 

“It was in the moment,” Walker admitted. “I’ve got to grow up basically, just got to relax. But yeah, we’re cool. I speak to him every day about school and stuff. He’s making sure I’m not acting up. I feel like that’s very important, sometimes I get out of control.”

For Arbitello, those teaching moments are critical because as he says, “anybody can coach basketball, but you’ve got to be a coach off the court, too.”

“Ty comes from a great family. It’s not even about us, he’s so talented it doesn’t matter now,” Arbitello said. “It’s what lies ahead. You have to make sure they’re prepared mentally and physically for college basketball. He’s a high-level guy who holds a whole bunch of division-one offers.”

At close to seven feet tall, Cockburn draws a lot of attention. And while he had success on both ends, teammates made sure to make their presence felt during scrimmage time.

In Cockburn’s mind, it will make the team better.

“When we come out, it’s really competitive and it’s fun,” said Cockburn. “I think we’re good because just like last year we have a lot of talent. But this year we’re playing together and coming together. We’re passing the ball, we’re unselfish. I think we’re in a good place right now.”

“He’s a great kid and he’s humble,” Arbitello added. “All my great players I had that were supposed to be big-time recruits, from Omar [Calhoun] to Jon Severe to Rawle [Alkins], they’re such great kids.

“There’s no ‘keeping him focused,’ Kofi wants to win,” he added. “He wants to be great and he’s got good people around him.”

The competitive nature is welcomed by coach Arbitello, who says he wants to lead tough practices because it builds champions. 

“I want to deal with it,” he said with a smile. “It’s what makes championship teams. Guys aren’t scared. guys want to hold each other accountable.

“If I’ve got the best team in Brooklyn and Queens, I think I’ve also got the second best team in Brooklyn and Queens because they’re trying to kill each other out here,” he continued. “When you’re trying to kill each other every day at practice, the games aren’t as tough.”

Last year’s loss happened, but it gives this year’s crop of Royals a new motivation, which Cockburn lent voice to. 

“I was disappointed because the goal for everybody is to win,” he said. “When you lose, it’s kind of frustrating. We are passionate, we are coming back this year to take the chip. We could defeat any team if we’re disciplined. If we start playing selfish, then that’s the only thing that could stop us from winning.”

Walker echoed a similar sentiment, citing that CTK’s ultimate competition is right in the mirror.

“Losing our minds, that’s it,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could beat us.”

In the win over Jefferson, Cockburn led with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Class of 2019 guard Ryan Myers registered 17 points and six assists, while Walker added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the backcourt. 

True freshman Moussa Cisse recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and class of 2020's Quaran McPherson netted 10 points and dished out three assists. 



Basketball Tryouts
11/1/17 - 08:46 PM

Basketball Tryouts Schedule:

Saturday, November 4th

Boys Freshmen, 6:30 - 9:00am

Girls JV, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Girls Varsity, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Boys Varsity, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Boys JV, 6:00 - 8:00pm

*Please arrive 30 minutes early.

If you do not have an updated medical on file in the Nurse's office by Friday, November 3rd, you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRY OUT. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Good Luck to all the student athletes this weekend. 


CK Fortifies With Talented Underclassmen
9/21/17 - 10:19 AM

Photo By: Maurice Wingate

By: Maurice Wingate

This season it looks like the Christ the King is going all out. Already loaded with talent, the Royals add depth with 6’10” Moussa Cissa ‘21 and 6’3” Quaran McPherson ‘20. got a chance to see them play during the iS8/Nike Fall Tip-Off Classic while playing with the NY Rens and spoke to their coach about the two prospects.

“[Cissa] is a phenomenal athlete,” said Artie Cox who in addition to being the Rens head coach is also an assistant coach at Christ the King. “I saw him around January when he first came over [from Guinea]. I couldn’t believe he was in the eighth grade and 14 years old.”

Cox said that the freshman’s timing is “impeccable” and believes that he has the NBA potential when it’s all said and done. So impressive is Cissa that there have been rumblings that that he may break Royals' tradition and start for the varsity team this season. Coach Cox took a more measured approach. “The finality of the whole thing is we don’t know if he’s going to start but he is the number one big man in the country in his class.” Cox added that with his skill level it would be unfair to the Catholic league for Cissa to play freshman or JV. “We don’t usually move guys up but in his case, it’s a no-brainer.”

Cissa’s abilities are not just speculation. He picked up a high Division I scholarship offer during Christ the King’s open gym. “UConn offered him the other day,” said Cox. “They came to the first workout and they offered him.”

Only a freshman, Cissa’s overall game obviously has room for improvement. Cox said his foot work and skill level is already superior. “A lot of kids in our communities play game after game after game whereas where Moussa was growing up, they worked on skill after skill after skill.”

On the college level, Coach Cox sees Cissa as a face-up four player. “If he works extremely hard, he could play the three [position].”

The Royals also received new blood in the form of McPherson who transferred to Christ the King after playing his freshman year at The Patrick School (NJ). “He was thinking about coming to Christ the King as an eighth grader but I was a little sick at the time,” Cox admitted. “We wanted him because we knew him and Ryan [Myers ‘20] would make a helluva back court.” 

McPherson excelled at The Patrick School according to Cox. “I think he averaged 27 points per game on JV but I think logistically he lives close to Christ the King [in East New York].”

Cox like the sophomore’s unlimited motor, his defense and his toughness. “He plays hard, hard defense and he attacks. Once we go in the gym and get his shot right, he’s another guy where the sky’s the limit.”

McPherson is the consummate combo guard, says Cox. “His dads a tall guy so he may grow to be 6’5” or 6”6”.” If that happens, Coach Cox believes that the sophomore might end up playing the three-spot with the Royals. “We play three guards a lot of times.”

Coach Cox said that the addition of Cissa and McPherson elevates the Royals that much more. “I think going into the season we had to be one of the favorites. I mean a final four team. With those two guys adding to our depth we’re [now] a pretty deep team.”

While Molloy has three super stars in Moses Brown, Cole Anthony, and Khalid Moore, Cox believes the Royals have taken it up a notch over the Stanners with its overall depth at every position. “Potentially, we have nine or ten kids in the program that could be Division I talent.”


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News12Varsity Players to Watch for 2017-2018
9/3/17 - 01:51 PM

Tyson Walker will be one of the top guards in NYC this season

by Elio Velez on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 2:53 AM — @eliovelez

Will Christ the King return to prominence? 

Kofi Cockburn, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound junior center, continued to improve in his first varsity campaign for Christ the King by averaging 12 points per game while becoming a superb shot blocker and rebounder. With him leading the way, and with a talented young crop moving up to varsity, Joe Arbitello's squad will again be a contender. 

2017 New York City Boys Basketball Players to Watch
KOFI COCKBURN, Christ the King
6-foot-10 Junior Forward/Center 

JAYLEN DAVIS, Christ the King
6-foot-3 Junior Guard

6-foot-6, Junior Forward

TYSON WALKER, Christ the King
5-foot-10 Senior Guard