The Dawn of a New Season
12/3/17 - 08:09 AM

     Tonight, was the dawn of the 2017 - 18 Christ The King Varsity B season. With the additions of many juniors from last year's JV City Champions, you can understand why coach Henry is excited about this year's roster. The opponent was Grover Cleveland HS, and last year's results weren't good. Grover Cleveland beat the Royals in a double - digit route. So tonight, would be a good test for this new squad. 68 - 02 Metropolitan avenue was the location.

       The first quarter, the Royals started in a sluggish way. It was the dawn of the season, so maybe the players were still waking up. The Royals were without starting center Adonis Evangelista at tip off, due to academic commitments. Grover Cleveland broke out to a 14 - 8 first quarter lead, thanks largely to them hitting three 3's, and King's lethargic play. coach Henry quickly made players substitutions looking for the right mix. Moses Roman entered and instantly added energy. Moses added 3 points in the 1 st quarter along with Jeffrey Williamson's 5 points, the duo gave the Royals all their 1 st quarter offense.

         The second quarter started, and slowing you could tell the Royals were waking up. Thanks largely to Jeffrey Williamson. Williamson's nickname should be "JetBlue", because he goes coast to coast. Jeffrey was going baseline to baseline with determination, and scored 8 second quarter points. Devonte Green also entered the game, and provided a much - needed presence in the paint. He had 3 rebounds but that doesn' t reveal the energy he brought along with Michael Dolphin. Michael had a three pointer, 3 rebounds, and a lot of bumps and bruises for his effort. The Royals were down 23 - 20 at the half.

The 2 nd Half started, and Adonis Evangelista was available to coach Henry. Grover Cleveland quickly took a 33 - 22 lead. Coach Henry called a time out, and like he flipped a switch. CK went on a 17 - 6 run. Like Moses came down Mount Sinai with two tablets, the Ten Commandments. This Moses, Moses Roman came off the bench with offense. Roman scored 10 third quarter points, Jeffrey Williamson continuing his coast to coast flights added 7 points, and Devonte Green hauled in an additional 3 rebounds and 3 assists. The Royals grabbed their first lead. After three quarters , the Royals were finally up 39 - 38.

       The 4 th quarter started and the intensity picked up. Both teams wanted this game. With a 1:33 left in the game Cleveland tied the score, 47 - 47. Both teams were futile in their next possessions. But the Royals had the ball with 24 seconds, and with time winding down Moses Roman was found open in the left corner. The ball left his hand, and you just knew it was his night. The ball touched nothing but net or "swoosh" CK is up 50 - 47, with 10.1 seconds left. Grover Cleveland made an attempt but came up empty. Hail to the victors! Christ the King gets its first victory, against a hard - fought Grover Cleveland opponent.

        This year's squad is intriguing, a lot of guys are used to winning. Tonight, Moses Roman (20 points,8 rebounds) and Jeffery Williamson (22 points, 6 assists) were the stars. I can see though players like Isiah Rodriguez, Tristian Mercado, Dave Lopez, Kelvin Reyes or Fabian Bryan to name a few being the star of the next game. The coaching staff is thrilled that Kelsey Constantine has come back to do the scoring book. She has been such a big asset to our team. I know coach Henry and the rest of the staff is looking forward to this year's team. The end result could be exciting.