IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Lions pride: After near-incident, Carrington leads Loughlin past CK
Last Updated: 4:32 AM, February 23, 2012 Posted: 1:34 AM
By MARC RAIMONDI
Bishop Loughlin was down five, not playing with much energy, going through the motions. Then Christ the King forward Jordan Fuchs fouled Loughlin star Khadeen Carrington – hard – at the beginning of the second half. Carrington fell to the ground, his head bouncing off the court.
Lions coach Ed Gonzalez exploded out of his seat, wanting a flagrant foul. Loughlin’s bench went crazy. Carrington’s mother ran out onto the court to check on her son. Gonzalez then started jawing with Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello, who wanted a technical for people being on the court.
Bishop Loughlin's Khadeen Carrington took a nasty spill, but came back to score 17 of his 26 points after that en route to a big victory.
From the ground, Carrington noticed everything going on around him, how his coach and his teammates had his back.
“That’s why I love them,” he said. “That gave me a big lift. I knew they were counting on me, so I had to put them on my back."
A fired-up Carrington had 17 of his 26 points from that point on and led No. 5 Loughlin to a huge, 74-67 win over top-seeded Christ the King in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens semifinals Wednesday night at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. The Lions meet No. 2 Holy Cross in the championship game 7 p.m. Friday back at SFP.
“We came together,” Gonzalez said. “I saw the look in Khadeen’s eyes. He said, ‘I’m alright, Coach.’ He said, ‘We’re gonna win this game.’”
After the hard foul, which came with 5:55 left in the third quarter, Loughlin outscored Christ the King, 16-11, the rest of the frame. Mike Williams put the Lions up 56-52 with a 3-pointer with 6:11 remaining in the game and Carrington hit an incredible, double-clutch 15-footer off the backboard with 2:15 left as the shot clock ran down.
“These kids, they love each other,” Gonzalez said. “They’re a tight group. They come to the rescue of their guys.”
Williams had 12 points and Elisha Boone, Lavar Harewood and Kevin Ravenell all had 10 points in a balanced effort for Loughlin (13-12). Before the season, the Lions lost three key seniors to transfers – Joel Angus and Tyliek Kimbrough to Boys & Girls and Travis Charles to Lincoln. Now they will compete for a Brookyln/Queens title, beating a Royals team they were 1-11 against in their previous 12 meetings.
“I don’t have to tell you what’s going on out there, everybody trying to take my kids and all that,” Gonzalez said. “But they’re closely knit kids and they’re together. That’s why this is important. They don’t want to win next year or the year after. They want to win now.”
The incident in the third quarter helped propel them. Arbitello, who suffered his first Brooklyn/Queens tournament loss in his four years at the helm, thought Carrington walked before Fuchs fouled him.
“I thought it was a clean play,” Arbitello said. “His bench jumped up and parents ran on the floor. I thought that should be a technical foul. Isn’t that the way it’s defined?”
Omar Calhoun had 17 points and Jon Severe added 16 points for the Royals, who will now be the No. 3 seed from Brooklyn/Queens and meet Archdiocesan No. 6 Archbishop Stepinac in the intersectional second round Thursday at St. Francis Prep. CK (18-7) has won back-to-back CHSAA Class AA intersectional titles.
“At some point we were going to have a bad loss, lose a playoff game we probably shouldn’t lose,” Arbitello said. “That happens to everyone. Today was the day.”
Gonzalez said he had no problem with Arbitello afterward, that they were both trying to protect their players. Carrington, though, loved the display from his coach.
“That fired me up,” he said of Gonzalez’s emotional display. “I love this guy. He keeps me going. Great coach. … He has my back, so I had to get his back and I had to get the win.”
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