Tyson Walker scored a game-high 22 points and dished out six assists, as Christ the King held off Chris Ledlum and upset-minded St. Peter's 59-55 in the opening tilt at the CHSAA quarterfinals at Fordham University on Sunday.
Kofi Cockbrun and Moussa Cisse proved to be a handful for St. Peter's in the paint, with Cockburn scoring 16 points and snatching 14 rebounds and Cisse grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking five shots.
Although Christ the King's front line limited the Eagles' leading scorer to just 10 points, Chris Ledlum still managed 11 rebounds and threw down an eye-popping dunk that sparked a St. Peter's rally early in the fourth quarter.
Despite being outgunned in the paint, St. Peter's still went punch-for-punch with the Royals throughout the first half. Cisse's dunk off a feed from Cockburn gave Christ the King a 20-19 lead, but Ledlum's 3-pointer put the Eagles in front 22-20, and Clancy's three gave St. Peter's a 25-22 lead before the Royals rattled off four straight to gain a 26-25 edge at halftime.
Christ the King opened up a 44-32 lead at the end of the third quarter, but Ledlum's dunk sparked some momentum for St. Peter's, and the Eagles pulled within three at 54-51 on Jordan Fox's 3-pointer with 1:21 left.
Fox had a good look at another 3-pointer that would have tied it at 54, but the long rebound was chased down by Walker, who found Cockburn downcourt to put the Royals ahead 57-51 with just 25 seconds left.
Christ the King will face Cardinal Hayes in the CHSAA semifinals at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday. Hayes handled Bishop Loughlin 82-71 on Sunday afternoon.
Clancy and Jamal Achille finished with 13 each and Kaleb Hicks scored 11 for St. Peter's.