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Christ the King coasts to 74-52 win over Chaminade

Christ the King led wire-to-wire, coasting to a 74-52 win over defending CHSAA A Division State finalist Chaminade in the finale of the Apparel Challenge on the Royals' home court on Sunday.

Christ the King opened the game on a 16-2 run, capped by a Kofi Cockburn dunk that prompted a Chaminade timeout with 3:03 to play in the opening quarter. The Flyers settled in from there, closing the deficit to 21-14 on Michael Ferrara's fast break layup in the final seconds of the frame.

Christ the King came out firing in the second stanza, taking a 33-17 lead after back-to-back mid-range jumpers by Quaran McPherson and a 3-pointer by Ryan Meyers, prompting another Chaminade timeout with 4:40 to play in the half. 

The Flyers adjusted their defense to pack it in the paint, but Cockburn showed off his range, draining a baseline jumper and connecting on a 3-pointer that gave Christ the King a 42-25 lead at the half.

Despite converting shots with efficient ball movement throughout the second half, Chaminade was unable to stop the Royals on the break or in the post.

Brendan McGuire's 3-pointer brought the Flyers within 14 at 50-36 with 3:12 to play in the third, but Christ the King responded with a 6-0 run, the last points coming off a fast-break dunk by Tavin Pierre-Phillip that started with a block and assist by Moussa Cisse. 

The Royals continued to flourish in the open court in the fourth, taking a 66-42 lead on the play of the game. After rebounding a miss, Cockburn dribbled downcourt and shoveled a pass to Tyson Walker, who lobbed a perfect alley-oop pass to Cisse, who finished with a two-handed dunk.  

For Christ the King, McPherson finished with 16 points, Cockburn tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds and Cisse scored 11. McGuire led Chaminade with 15 points.

The Royals will host St. Francis Prep in a CHSAA league contest on Tuesday.

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