In one of the most anticipated matchups on the CHSAA schedule, Christ the King will host Archbishop Molloy at 5:30 tonight in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU.
The history of the basketball programs at both schools is a story by itself. Molloy can trace its roots back to St. Ann's Academy in the 1950s with legend Lou Carnesecca, but the Stanners have not won a City Championship since Kenny Anderson's sophomore year in 1987. Christ the King, on the other hand, did not win its first City title until 1989, but the Royals have five City Championships since 2010, all under the guidance of Head Coach Joe Arbitello.
Molloy and Christ the King hit the national stage tonight on @ESPNU. Here's a visual of their championship teams (and memorable upset losses) over the years. @CHSAA_NYC @Molloyhs @ctkroyals #FlashbackFriday #HSBB #nycbasketball pic.twitter.com/7PYsPYah1b— HS Box Scores NYC (@hsboxscoresnyc) February 2, 2018
History aside, tonight's game is pivotal in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens standings. The Royals enter with a 9-2 league record, with the Stanners right on their heels at 8-2.
Christ the King's resume includes impressive road wins against PSAL powerhouse Thomas Jefferson and recent SNY Invitational Champ Long Island Lutheran. Although Molloy has solid league wins over Cardinal Hayes and Iona Prep, both of those games were in Briarwood and the Stanners have disappointing league losses on the road to All Hallows and Holy Cross, the second coming while point guard Cole Anthony was sidelined with an injury. Molloy also dropped both games in the SNY Invitational, falling to LuHi and Hudson Catholic on a neutral court.
Both teams boast national prospects. Christ the King is led by junior Kofi Cockburn and freshman Mousa Cisse, while Molloy relies heavily on McDonald's All-American and UCLA commit Moses Brown, Georgia Tech commit Khalid Moore and Anthony.
The Royals are coming off a 68-57 home win over Bishop Loughlin on Tuesday, while the Stanners survived a scare on the road the same night, edging Monsignor Scanlan 68-65.
Regardless of the outcome, Christ the King and Molloy will tip off again a week from tonight in Briarwood.
Let the game begin.