LEWES, Del. – Dainan Swoope scored 16 points as Sunrise Christian of Wichita, Kansas, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 66-57 victory over No. 23 Christ The King of Middle Village, New York, on Sunday night at the Slam Dunk to the Beach boys basketball event at Cape Henlopen High.
The loss snaps Christ The King’s win streak that dates back to early February. The Royals won their fourth CHSAA Class AA New York City title in five years and then won their second consecutive New York State Federation championship. No team has won three in a row.
The Buffaloes (11-4) were equally impressive in a 64-39 win over Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore on Saturday. Radshad Davis, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 11 and pounded away on the boards for 13 rebounds. Senior guard C.J. Keyser also scored 11 for Sunrise Christian, which will wrap up its three-game visit to Delaware against St. Vincent-St. Mary’s of Akron, Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Christ The King (8-1) only trailed 39-38 going into the fourth quarter, but was outscored 27-19 the rest of the way. The Royals got 23 points from Rawle Alkins, one of the nation’s top juniors, including a thunderous dunk in traffic that lit up the crowd in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Jose Alvarado added 15 points.
The Royals defeated Gonzaga College High of Washington, D.C., 63-51 on Saturday, and will finish their Slam Dunk appearance against Sanford of Hockessin, Delaware, at noon Monday.
Slam Dunk to the Beach was one of the East Coast’s premier tournaments from 1990-2003, attracting top high school teams that featured future NBA stars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard, among others. It was abruptly canceled in November 2004, but a new event carrying the same name was founded by the Delaware Sports Commission this year and features 16 teams playing a series of 18 games over three days.