MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY - Starting forward Jordan Fuchs was MIA during Christ the King's game against Fordham Prep.
The recent UConn commit had to take care of some paperwork. None that made any difference on Saturday as the Royals bypassed the Rams, 73-43 without breaking a sweat.
Fordham had first cracks at the basket but missed. Malik Harmon and the CTK Royals didn't squander many of those opportunities. In addition, CTK's pressurized defense often put the Rams in the position of being one and done on offense.
Other than Karo Adjeknhele was the Rams primary weapon on offense but overall, Fordham Prep missed too many wide opened shots and were down, 37-15, at the half.
Fordham Prep needed a strategy to neutralize the Royals height and girth advantage but none of their strategies worked on 6'10/260lb Adonis Delarosa (8 points 7 rebounds). The junior center was good money when he caught the ball down low while also altering shots on defense.
To their credit, the Rams began to heat up from the perimeter briefly as Connor Murphy drained his first three-pointer with 5:08 left in the quarter which kicked off an 8-2 run. That shooting streak was however not sustained as Travis Atson soon released Christ the King's offensive pause button with a basket inside.
CTK pushed the tempo and pressed full court and befuddled the Rams with difference variation of their press.
Fordham Prep was eventually down 27 points with 3 minutes left to play fourth. The Royals were simple too big, too strong and too athletic for the Rams. The final score didn't reflect what could have been as Royal head coach Joe Arbitello subbed out early and coasted.
Harmon finished with 18 points and 3 steals for the Royals while Adjeknhele paced Fordham Prep with 13 points.
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