CTK Dominates Trenton Central

TRENTON, NJ- For once, Christ the King played an opponent of whom they were not familiar with. The Queens school dominated from start to finish, as Coach Bob Oliva's squad was able to top Trenton Central 64-47 at the Primetime Shootout on Sunday afternoon.
The Royals were able to open up a quick 6-0 lead thanks to transition opportunities, which opened up for the Middle Village squad. Trenton Central, a public school located near the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is made up of a guard-dominated lineup and relied on their backcourt players to get to the rim off the dribble. A Dominykas Milka and-one play, off a nice pass by Erving Walker gave the Royals a 13-8 lead by the time the first quarter buzzer sounded.
An Erving Walker lay-up with 5:32 left in the second quarter ballooned the Christ the King lead to 21-8. Coach Bob Oliva's squad continued to dominate the paint, as the CHSAA team went on an 26-3 run to take control of this match-up. Christ the King entered the locker room at halftime up 32-12 against Trenton Catholic. 6'6" senior Ryan Pearson, as he's done for much of the season, led Christ the King with 12 points at the half way point, while Walker, who had his future coach Billy Donovan in attendance to watch the game, chipped in with 6 points.
Pearson continued to attack the Trenton Central defense, as he was able to step out and connect on several mid range jump shots throughout the third quarter. The Royals entered the fourth quarter with a commanding 46-31 lead over Trenton Catholic.
The fourth quarter turned into a lay-up line for the Royals, as Christ the King delivered the knockout punches to the collective faces of Trenton Catholic in the form of several fast break lay ups and dunks. The Royals played their Reserves for much of the final quarter, as they were able to cruise to a 64-47 win. Ryan Pearson finished with 23 points and 12 boards en route to the game MVP award, while Erving Walker chipped in with 13 points in the winning effort. 6'4" Darren Elam was the lone double-digit scorer for Trenton Central, as he finished with 14 points on the afternoon. Following the match-up, coach Oliva could only use one word to describe this game: ugly. "It was annoying game," said the long-time coach of Christ the King, "watching this game probably wasn't worth the price of admission."
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