NEW YORK, NY - Khadeen Carrington and Mike Williams have been playing together now for 4 years, being teammates at Bishop Loughlin H.S. in Brooklyn.
On Saturday afternoon at the Mayor's Cup All-Star Game at CCNY in Manhattan, a game that pitted the best seniors from the CHSAA against the best seniors from the PSAL, it would be the last time they ever suited up as teammates, and they made it memorable, with the CHSAA squad behind 18 points from Carrington, coming out on top, pulling away in the 2nd half for the 108-86 victory.
Williams said the two had discussions about the game during the week, knowing this would be the last time they were ever on the same side, with Williams heading to Rutgers next year, and Carrington going to NJ rivals Seton Hall, and while they both said it was a bittersweet moment in a sense, the other side, the competitive side, wanted to go out as a tandem on top.
"We wanted put on a show together and embarrass the PSAL," Williams said.
That is exactly what they did as well. Even without the services of three players who were listed to be playing, but didn't, in Adonis Delarosa of Christ the King, and Cardinal Hayes teammates Nathan Ekwu and Shavar Newkirk, the CHSAA was dominant from the start.
Carrington was able to get out in transition and score a pair of easy buckets, one off of a nice feed up court from new St. Francis (NY) commit Glenn Sanabria.
Matt Scott, a wing who is headed to Niagara, scored 8 straight for the PSAL to keep them in game early, but Samson Usilo, the Nazareth wing who is Manhattan College bound, threw down a pair of dunks that had the crowd on their feet as the Catholic League stars took a 49-37 lead into the half.
The 2nd half saw the CHSAA really start to pour it on as Carrington and Williams seemed to both be able to get to the basket and score at will. Uncommitted Archbishop Molloy guard Jayson Cethoute also had a strong 3rd with 9 points as the lead for the CHSAA was blown up to 83-54 after 3 as the PSAL just didn't have the star power and offensive weapons to really stay with the Catholic League's best.
The 4th quarter saw the CHSAA guards try and have fun throwing alley oop passes to Usilo, and even though they couldn't seem to get on track and hitting the 6'4" wing with the great pass, they never stopped trying, even late in the game when Usilo himself almost had enough.
"Everyone was like I'm gonna throw it up to you, and I was like come on guys the game is almost over, but they wouldn't take no for an answer so I was like ok, just throw it up," Usilo said with a smile after the game.
Jhedayah Gibbs, the uncommitted TMA lefty playmaker had a strong 4th quarter for the PSAL, but it was just too little too late as the CHSAA dominated the game for the most part to grab NYC bragging rights with the 22 point victory.
Carrington led all scorers with 18 points, while Cethoute added 17 for the CHSAA, and Williams and Molloy's C.J. Davis, who is headed to Columbia, had 13 and 12 respectively.
For the PSAL, they were led by Brooklyn Law and Tech's Scott who had 16, with Gibbs chipping in with 14 of his own.
The afternoon belonged to the CHSAA though, but even more than that, it belonged to Carrington and Williams, who played their last game together, and in Carrington's eyes, they went out together in style.
"It feels weird to know that after 4 years together this is it, but it was great while it lasted and it's something I will never forget."
CHSAA Girls Outlast PSAL, 85-80 in OT
While the PSAL senior girls led for almost the entire game, the CHSAA squad, paced by the 25 points of Cardinal Spellman, and Michigan bound guard Maria Backman, fought back late to send the game into overtime, and in the OT session, game MVP, forward Kollyns Scarbrough of Christ the King, took over, with the Siena signee scoring 12 of her 17 points in the 4th and OT, and the PSAL missed crucial FT's late to help the CHSAA go 2 for 2 on the day and grab the win.
Backman and Scarbrough each had big time scoring games with 25 and 17 respectively for the CHSAA, but the Catholic All-Stars also got great efforts from Molloy's Manhattan College signee Nyasha Irizarry, and St. Joe's by the Sea's Jillian Silvestri, who each had 9 points apiece.
The PSAL girls were paced by Murry Bergtraum's Joella Gibson, who is bound for Siena, and 18 points in the loss, with Marika Gordon, an unsigned forward from Truman adding 16 points in the heartbreaking defeat.