Leading off today:
Senior Larry Moreno scored 35 points to lead Brooklyn Law & Technology
to an 83-57 victory over Roosevelt Educational Campus in the PSAL boys Class A basketball final at St. John's University on Sunday.
Moreno, a 2,000-point career scorer committed to St. Francis (N.Y.), and Joseph Pena owned the perimeter in the early going as L&T raced to a 31-5 lead into the second quarter. The Jets extended the lead to 40-16 before Roosevelt closed the gap to 46-28 at the half.
Roosevelt began the third quarter on a 9-0 run, but L&T recovered to carry a 61-46 advantage into the fourth quarter.
L&T fell one win short of its first PSAL title a year ago, giving up a 17-point lead, but got the job done convincingly this time to secure a place in next weekend's Federation tournament in Glens Falls.
• In the Class B final, Fannie Lou Hamer defeated Brooklyn Community Arts & Media 61-51 to clinch a return trip to Glens Falls.
PSAL girls: Brooklyn's James Madison overpowered Lab Museum 74-42 for the Class A crown.
In Class B, John Jay Campus edged Brooklyn Law & Technology 44-43 at St. John's, rallying from two points down with :10.7 seconds to play.
Federation field complete: Ten of the 23 teams from last season's season-ending championships will be making return trips to Glens Falls for next weekend's Federation basketball tournament.
Jamesville-DeWitt, Staten Island Academy, James Madison, Bronx Aquinas, Long Island Lutheran, Baldwin and South Shore are the girls teams coming back from a year ago. Long Island Lutheran, Fannie Lou Hamer and Albany Academy return in the boys field.
South Shore and Long Island Lutheran qualified both their boys and girls teams for the tournament, which begins Friday at Cool Insuring Arena.
The Albany Academy boys and the girls teams from South Shore and Staten Island Academy are defending champions.
The full weekend schedule can by found here.
PSAL coach dies: New York State Sportswriters Association contributor Mike Libert reports that Transit Tech boys basketball coach Mike Perazzo died Saturday of an apparent heart attack.
Perazzo coached the Express for 16 seasons, including a 20-6 mark and a trip to the PSAL Class A quarterfinals this season.
Prior to his arrival at Transit Tech, Perazzo coached at Franklin K. Lane.
Engstler earns award: Emily Engstler of St. Francis Prep in the CHSAA has been selected New York's girls basketball player of the year by Gatorade.
The 6-foot-1 forward sparked the Terriers to a 19-9 record by averaging 18.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 blocks per game.
The Syracuse-bound senior has been chosen to play in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.
Following up: With the Liverpool boys basketball team in action this past weekend in Binghamton, where the Warriors won the NYSPHSAA Class AA championship, I wrote a column for the Press & Sun-Bulletin recalling a memory of Chris Gedney.
Gedney, who died March 9, had a stellar football career at Syracuse University and went on to play in the NFL. Before that, though, he was a football and basketball star at Liverpool and a participant in one of the more memorable basketball games I covered.
Case still moving forward: Red Creek's loss in the Section 5 girls basketball tournament earlier this month did not put an end to litigation in State Supreme Court, the Batavia Daily News reported last week.
Matt Wilbur, the father of the player ejected from Red Creek's 69-65 win over Byron-Bergen, said he is continuing his lawsuit unless Section 5 and the NYSPHSAA change their appeal process. Wilbur said the call against his daughter, freshman guard Isabella Wilbur, did not warrant an ejection that was also supposed to suspend her for the next game.
Wilbur went to court and got an injunction allowing his daughter to play in a season-ending loss to Batavia Notre Dame. The lawsuit names Section 5 Executive Director Kathy Hoyt and the two referees as defendants.