Christ The King Wins Defensive Battle

RALEIGH, NC -- It wasn't a dream night for N.C. state recruit Larry Davis, but an outcome he'll accept every time.

It wasn't a dream night for N.C. state recruit Larry Davis, but an outcome he'll accept every time.

Davis tallied ten points and ten rebounds as his Christ The King Royals defeated the St. John's Cadets 47-43 in the semifinals of the Glaxo Invitational Tournament.

Davis struggled to find his scoring touch in the first half, missing all six of his field goal attempts.

"Davis is a very good player. Like Chris, Davis didn't shoot the ball very well," St. Johns Coach Paul DeStefano said. "But, I think our defense, and Christ the King's defense had a lot to do with the poor shooting."

St. John's Chris Wright wasted no time establishing himself on the offensive end, launching three three-point attempts in St. Johns first five possessions. He made two attempts, but missed his next ten.

Guards Malik Boothe and Erving Walker provided a spark for the Royals with their pesky defense and dribble penetration.

"Playing with Larry and knowing that he is coming here next year, it made me feel at home," Boothe said.

In the 2nd half, the Cadets switched to a 2-3 zone, forcing the Royals to beat them from the perimeter. Walker took advatange of the switch, drilling three second-half threes to maintain the Royal's advantage.

"I tried to be a little more aggressive, but we still tried to get Larry his shots," Walker said. "Once he hits one, he's on."

St. Johns' 6-9 forward Vlad Moldoveanu was a factor early in the game, but foul trouble limited him to just eight points in 19 minutes before fouling out.

The game tightened up late when Wright swished a deep three pointer to cut the Royals' lead to one with just over two minutes remaining.

But after two Davis free throws, Robert Hampton intercepted Wright's pass and stretched the lead to five with an uncontested dunk that sealed the victory for Christ The King.

Davis finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds on 3-of-14 shooting from the field. Wright tallied 17 points and five rebounds while hitting 6-of-17 shots and 3-of-13 from behind the arc. Much of the credit for Wright's problems went to Boothe, who checked the explosive guard throughout the contest.

"He's a very good defender," Wright said of Boothe. "He's very physical. He's strong to be that small. He does some dirty stuff, but it's all a part of the game. He's a very good defender."

Christ The King advances to the eight-team final where they will play Kinston (NC) High at 9:00 pm. St. John's College faces Montverde (FL) Academy today at 4:00 pm in the third-place game.

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