Johnson Sparkles In CTK's Win Over St. Ray's

Middle Village, N.Y. -- During the last week, Christ the King senior Sean Johnson has been dealing with a touch of the flu and a finicky stomach that doesn't always cooperate. Fortunately for the CHSAA power, it takes more than a mere virus to slow the dynamic wing down ... reporter Brian Towey has the story ...

Sean Johnson scored 32 points -- including seven straight in the third quarter -- to push King to a 71-33 victory over St. Raymond's in a CHSAA AA league matchup on Sunday.

Coming off of a rigorous slate of games at the Bojangles (N.C.) Shootout to close out December, King (9-1) looked sluggish at the outset. Johnson, however, was not.

"I thought he was going to throw up at one point," said Christ the King interim coach Joe Arbitello. "He's a warrior. He just plays so hard. I'd take five Sean Johnsons on my team any day of the week."

Johnson collected a slew of points off the break, as King's transition defense wore Ray's down in the second half and produced a succession of baskets.

After Tyreak Johnson (12 points) cut King's lead to 46-42 on a reverse layup with 5:38 to play, the Royals ripped off a 7-0 run, punctuated by Sean Johnson's three-point play off of Maurice Barrow's steal in transition.

The lead had quickly bulged to 53-42 with 3:39 to play, and the game was in hand.

"I think (St. Raymond's) had problems handling our zone press," said Arbitello. "I don't think they were ready for that."

Sean Johnson added seven rebounds and shot 8-of-10 from the foul line.The 6-foot-4 junior Barrow added 12 points, while sophomore lead guard Corey Edwards, another dynamo in transition, scored five points with six assists.

St. John's coach Norm Roberts was among those on hand.

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