Resilient Royals rally past Jefferson

January 7, 2019

Boys Basketball 1 2 3 4 Final
Thomas Jefferson 9 22 18 15 64
Christ the King 11 19 15 26 71
Box Score

PSAL powerhouse Thomas Jefferson had Christ the King on the proverbial ropes on two separate occasions in the second half, but the Royals fought themselves out of a seven point hole both times and staged a late rally to top the Orange Wave 71-64 in the finale at the Apparel Challenge in Middle Village on Sunday.

Jefferson held a slim 31-30 edge at the half, but the Orange Wave jumped in front 37-30 early in the third quarter after back-to-back baskets by Kevin Tabb. Christ the King answered with a 9-0 run led by Nate Curry and Jared Harrison-Hunte. Curry scored the first five on a 3-point play and and a foul line jumper, while Harrison-Hunte converted a tip-in after a relentless effort on the glass and then intercepted a pass and found Ryan Myers downcourt to give CTK the lead at 39-37.

Jaquan Carlos stepped up for Jefferson, tying the score at 39, tying it again at 41 and then giving Jefferson the lead back at 47-45 on a 3-pointer. After a contested runner by Kareem Welch and a pair of free throws by Ramsey Saleh, Christ the King found theselves trailing by seven again, 54-47. This time the Royals countered with 10 unanswered, the first eight comprised of a Quaran McPherson putback, two fast-break layups by Sterling Jones and a power move by Harrison-Hunte off a feed from Jones, giving CTK a 55-54 edge and prompting a Jefferson timeout with 3:35 left.

McPherson was clutch for CTK down the stretch, putting the Royals ahead 61-56 on a runout layup and stretching the margin to six at 64-58 on a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play. Myers and Nicholas Molina helped closed it out for the Royals, going 4 for 4 from the stripe in the final minute to seal the well-earned 71-64 home win.   

McPherson finished with a game-high 27 points and Curry scored 13 for Christ the King. Carlos and Saleh had 15 points each for Jefferson.

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