By Jerry Del Priore
If you ask anyone on the Jets’ basketball coaching staff, they’ll tell you that senior Larry Moreno is a coach’s dream: Impressive in all aspects of being a student-athlete, especially on the court, and a great overall person.
Moreno proved just how spectacular he can be, draining 35 points in Brooklyn High School for Law and Tech’s 83-57 A Championship win over Roosevelt Educational Campus Sunday at St. John’s University.
“it’s ridiculous how good Larry Moreno was (today),” assistant coach Kenny Pretlow told www.BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “If he was six-foot-four, he probably be going to Duke or something like that. He averaged 30 all year and had 35 today. And he just made shots. He was super focused.”
Head coach and the school’s athletic director Michael Levy gushed over his star student-athlete, with over-the-top praise for Moreno, who’s headed to St. Francis Brooklyn in the fall on a full ride .
“Kenny and I say this all the time, Larry is more than just a player. He’s like a son to both of us,” Levy said. “His maturation as a leader has been amazing to watch. He keeps these guys (teammates) in check, his teachers love him, and he’s a great student.”
The Jets (27-0) blazed out to a 31-5 first quarter lead, connecting on nine shots from downtown, with Moreno sinking three of them in a row.
Led by senior Victor Ogbo, who dropped nine points in the second period, BHSLT dominated in the quarter, and went into the locker room ahead by a score of 46-28.
However, the Bears sliced the deficit to 50-40 with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter. But Moreno drilled three more treys to increase the Jets’ lead to 59-42 with 0.41 seconds left in the third period.
From that point on, Roosevelt (28-4) didn’t pose any real threat, as BHSLT won going away to secure the title.
The win almost left Levy lost for words as he beamed with pride, and understand and recognizes the team’s utmost commitment to excellence to get to this point.
“I’m beyond proud. I can’t even put it to words how proud we are, because the amount time and effort that these kids put in is incredible,” Levy explained. “They give up their summers to workout, and they play games on Saturdays. They’re just an unbelievable group of kids. I’m beyond happy for them.”
Along with Moreno’s stellar performance, junior Davonta Cook contributed 17 points in the finals victory.
The Jets will play Albany Academy Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, New York, in the New York State Boys’ Class A Federation Basketball Tournaments of Champions.