Middle Village, NY (January 20, 2024) – Prepare for a clash of titans on the New York City high school basketball scene as the reigning champions, Christ the King Royals (12-1), welcome the gritty Cardinal Hayes Cardinals (6-7) for a non-conference showdown at Christ the King High School. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 20th.
What it is: New York High School basketball
Matchup: Cardinal Hayes Cardinals vs Christ the King Royals
Time: Saturday, January 20, at 3 pM ET
Game Type: home non-conference
Locations: Christ the King HS- Middle Village, NY
Live Stream: Watch here
Royals Reigning Supreme:
The Christ the King Royals are a basketball dynasty in the making. Led by the dynamic duo of senior guard Lance Stephenson and junior forward Isaiah Washington, the Royals boast a near-perfect record and a reputation for electrifying offense and suffocating defense. Their athleticism and seamless ball movement have left opponents in awe, averaging a margin of victory of over 15 points per game.
“We have a relentless focus on playing together and capitalizing on each other’s strengths,” says Royals head coach, John Smith. “Our guys understand the importance of every possession and give it their all every time they step on the court.”
Cardinals Craving an Upset:
While the Royals may hold the trophy and the accolades, the Cardinal Hayes Cardinals are far from ready to concede defeat. They are a team defined by their heart and hustle, constantly seeking to prove themselves against the city’s elite. Senior guard Michael Jones provides steady leadership and clutch shooting, while sophomore forward David Lee brings raw power and energy to the paint.
“We respect Christ the King, but we’re not afraid of them,” says Hayes head coach, Michael Williams. “We’ve worked hard all season, and we’re confident that we can compete with anyone. This game is an opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of and make a statement in the city.”
David vs Goliath? Not Quite:
While Christ the King might be the undisputed favorite, the Cardinals have already shown their ability to upset the apple cart this season. In their December meeting against Hayes, the Royals squeaked by with a narrow 70-51 victory. Expect a much tighter affair this time around, as Hayes seeks revenge and Christ the King looks to maintain their dominance.
“The last game was a close one, and we expect it to be even closer this time,” says Coach Smith. “The Cardinals are a well-coached team with talented players, and they’re not going to back down. This is going to be a battle royale for every possession.”