Joe Arbitello cringed every time he was told his team was a favorite to win the CHSAA Class AA intersectional tournament. Now the Christ the King coach won’t have to worry about that after star point guard Corey Edwards suffered a dislocated left foot at practice Sunday and will be lost for the rest of the postseason.
Edwards, arguably the best point guard in the CHSAA, if not the city, went down on three-on-two and two-on-one drills after colliding with Omar Calhoun. The all-league selection, third on the team in scoring at 9.6 points per game, was taken to an area hospital for observation and will have surgery Monday.
“It’s a major loss,” Arbitello said. “But there’s still plenty of talent on this team.”
Christ the King, No. 1 in the Post’s New York City rankings, was to take on St. Raymond’s in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semifinals Wednesday night. When the teams met during the regular season Feb. 16, Edwards fell awkwardly on the pre-game layup line and didn’t play.
With T.J. Curry and Kareem Thomas picking up Edwards’ minutes, the Royals still won 75-69 in overtime. Edwards also missed the league opener at All Hallows Dec. 18 and Curry, a junior guard, started at the point.
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