Larry Moreno scored 35 points, 25 in the second half, leading Brooklyn Law & Tech to an 83-57 win over Roosevelt in the PSAL A final at Carnesecca Arena in Queens on Sunday.
The 2,000 point career scorer and teammate Joseph Pena were scorching hot from behind the arc early, as the Jets took a 31-5 lead into the second quarter.
Even after cooling off a bit from the perimeter, Brooklyn Law & Tech still held a 40-16 advantage, as Victor Ogbo was all over the offensive glass to convert the Jet misses.
Roosevelt finally settled down and started to knock down some shots, outscoring the Jets 12-6 for the balance of the half and narrowing the margin to 46-28 at the break.
The Bears opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to trim the lead to single digits at 46-37, stoking memories of last year's PSAL A final when the Jets squandered a 17 point halftime lead and fell to Walton on a last second buzzer-beater.
Larry Moreno would not let that happen again. The senior St. Francis College commit hit a pull-up jumper on the ensuing possession to make it 48-37, and he took over the game from there, answering each Roosevelt mini-run to keep the Jets comfortably in front 61-46 heading into the fourth.
End of 3rd Q: Brooklyn Law & Tech 61 Roosevelt 46. Bears cut the lead to single digits in the 3rd, but Larry Moreno is putting on a show to keep the Jets comfortably in front heading into the 4th. #PSAL #HSBB #nycbasketball #BKSports #BXSports @bklawtechhoops pic.twitter.com/rk6lQq2bBi— HS Box Scores NYC (@hsboxscoresnyc) March 18, 2018
Moreno would score 25 points in the second half, helping the Jets put the game away early in the final quarter and giving Brooklyn Law & Tech its first PSAL title.
In a no-brainer with little suspense, Moreno was named Most Valuable Player of the final, a fitting exclamation point on an exceptional PSAL career for Brooklyn Law & Tech.
The win also earned the Jets a berth into the New York State Federation tournament in Glens Falls, where they will face Albany Academy in the Class A semifinals on Saturday.