I’m not saying that Half Hollow Hills West is a lock to win the state Class AA title this weekend at Glens Falls. But if the Colts do advance to the state Federation tournament at Glens Falls, they would face Christ the King on March 27. The Royals won the city CHSAA crown with a classic, triple-overtime 71-68 victory over Bishop Loughlin on Saturday. Maurice Barrow led CTK with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Villanova-bound Jayvaughn Pinkston scored 34 points for Bishop Loughlin.
You can watch that game, already being called by some the greatest Catholic League game in NYC history, on MSG Network on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. It’s the first time the city Catholic championship has been televised since 1990 and sounds like must-see TV for high school hoop fans.
Interestingly, Hills West, in compiling a 24-0 record (officially 23-1 because of a bookkeeping-error forfeit of a game the Colts won, 80-52), played both Catholic finalists this season. The Colts outlasted Loughlin in the Big Apple Challenge, 75-72, in overtime on Jan. 18, and held off CTK, 73-69, in the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, N.J., on Feb. 14.
In the latter game, Tavon Sledge scored 24, Tobias Harris had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks, and Tyler Harris added 12. For Christ the King, Omar Calhoun scored 24, Barrow had 18 and Dominykas Mikla added 13.
A rematch would provide some intriguing story lines, don’t you think?