BRONX, NY – The CHSAA Quarterfinals took place yesterday at Fordham University. In all four games, there was a wide range of talent and plenty of players made their mark on the big stage.
Christ The King's Kofi Cockburn
Christ The King big man Kofi Cockburn led his team to a 59-55 victory over St. Peter’s in New York. Cockburn scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win. He imposed his will in the paint and was dominant on the boards on both ends of the floor. He has taken more of a leadership role this season.
“Just to keep my guys focused, they get angry sometimes but I have to be the person to motivate them and tell them that’s not the end of it,” said Cockburn.
Christ the King will now take on Cardinal Hayes, who they lost to by a big margin at the beginning of the year.
Cardinal Hayes’ Joe Toussaint scored 25 points in an 82-71 win over Bishop Loughlin. Toussaint controlled the tempo from start to finish and was the deciding factor in this one. His effort was tremendous especially on the defensive end. With his speed and strength, he is tough to go up against on both sides of the ball. Come this summer a lot more schools should enter his recruitment.
Five-Star point guard Cole Anthony from Archbishop Molloy didn’t disappoint. Even with Anthony fouling out near the end of the fourth quarter, he still put his team in a good position to win as he scored 21 points. Anthony got more comfortable as the game went on and scored at will at points. Anthony and Archbishop Molloy will play Archbishop Stepinac in the Semifinals this Wednesday.
Illinois commit Alan Griffin has had a great season for Archbishop Stepinac this year. He continued that great year with an impressive 22-point performance in an 83-68 win over St. Raymond. Griffin does an excellent job using his length on the offensive end. He also has proved this year to be a high-level shooter. He is a huge reason why his team will compete in the CHSAA Semifinals.
Sophomore point guard R.J. Davis showed why he has gained so much notoriety this high school season. With Davis’ ability to shoot, he is a tough matchup for any team. Even with Davis being only two years into his high school career, he scored his 1,000th point last night. He is still maturing physically, which bodes well for his upside. Manhattan, Fordham, Old Dominion, La Salle, Saint Louis and UMass have offered him thus far.
Santa Clara has a great talent coming in with class of 2018 shooting guard Omar Silverio. Even though his team lost, Silverio finished with 29 points. He went 11-18 from the field and was 6-10 from three point range. The wing would have clearly liked to get the win, but ended his high school career on a great note.