This was the fifth game of the day/night event. It featured the first 19 minutes of running time to allow a game to be played every hour, starting at 4 p.m. eastern time and concluding with an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Despite an overwhelming size advantage for Christ the King whose frontline consisted of Roland Brown (6-foot-8), Maurice Barrow (6-foot-5) and Dominikas Milka (6-foot-7), Xaverian High School smartly utilized its skill level to come back from a 20-17 halftime deficit.
Besides Exum's terrific shooting touch, senior guard Abraham Akanmu added 10 points, including a pair of clutch free throws in the final seconds to keep the Royals at bay.
There were times that Xaverian did have trouble closing the front of the rim down with the size of CTK. Barrow produced 17 points, including two three-pointers. Brown added six while Kareem Thomas dropped in three three-pointers from the guard position.
Both teams will play again today in the third and final day of the event run by Holy Cross boy's basketball head coach Paul Gilvary. This is a well-run event and all the games started on time, a rarity for this time of the year.
There were some programs in the audience too, including the hard-working head coach of Queens College, and representatives of Long Island University, Winthrop, and Hofstra.