There are sometimes when players need to wait for the chance to earn redemption on the basketball court for a previous mistake.
Fortunately for David Petit Homme, the Boys and Girls senior only needed 20 seconds to restore his confidence in the biggest way possible. Homme knocked down the game-winning 15-foot jumper as time expired in regulation to lift Boys to a 51-50 victory over Brooklyn Law and Tech in a non-league boys basketball game held Saturday at the Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic.
“Throughout the game I had messed up, so my coach [Ruth Lovelace] always tells me if you can do something else, do something else to help the team,” Homme said.
Homme had missed a front end of a one-on-one free throw attempt with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That allowed Law and Tech senior Larry Moreno (game-high 33 points) to answer by hitting two free throws with 6.7 remaining to give the Jets a one-point advantage.
Boys and Girls did not call a timeout and quickly inbounded the pass to a wide-open Homme on the right side of the court as he calmly knocked down the shot attempt. Marlon Sewell lead the Kangaroos (5-3) in scoring with 13 points along with Richard Martelly and Marcus Patterson each adding 11 points in a strong comeback win for the PSAL Class AA Brooklyn program.
Law and Tech’s scored 13 consecutive points as part of a hot start to the first quarter and continued to lead by double digits going into the second.
The catalyst for the 2016-17 PSAL Class A finalists and title favorites this year was St. Francis College bound Larry Moreno, who scored 15 of the team’s 18 initial points with an assortment of finishing moves to the basket. Yet Boys slowly sliced into the lead and only trailed 27-24 at halftime.
Moreno had scored eight points in a row to start the fourth quarter and it looked as if Davonta Cook’s runner in the lane to make it 48-39 with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter would help Law and Tech (6-1) get a big non-league win.
But the Jets could not further capitalize on its slender advantage by missing 21 free throws as a team and that would come back to haunt them. Homme had grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a layup as part of a 10-0 run to help Boys earn its first lead of the game with 1:33 left in the fourth quarter.
Moreno carried the load of the scoring but starting forward Victor Ogbo only had 5 points and little output came from the rest of the starters.
“Its lack of players. I mean we are a good (A) A school, we’re not a good AA school. Larry Moreno is an AA player but the rest of my guys aren’t,” said a disappointed Law and Tech head coach Kenny Pretlow. “I had two guys who started didn’t score. It’s not a lack of execution. It’s when Boys High ramped up the pressure and Larry didn’t get the ball, good things aren’t going to happen for us.”
Curtis 59, Robeson 51
Senior forward Malik Martin scored a game-high 22 points as the Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter of a meeting between PSAL Class AA programs on Saturday night. Jaloni Clark helped stave off a comeback attempt by converting a three-point play with 2:45 remaining in the fourth quarter to put Curtis up 49-44. Adeleye Oyekanmi added 20 points for the Staten Island program and Aquan Butler scored 15 points to lead Robeson.
Bedford Academy 61, LaSalle Academy 58
Wahaad Johnson scored a team-high 21 points, all coming in the second half, to power the PSAL Class A school in a comeback victory over the defending CHSAA Class B city and Federation champions. Marcus Ryan an Kenneth Richardson added 10 points for the Panthers.
Korey Williams scored a game-high 26 points for LaSalle as its 23-game winning streak over the past two seasons was snapped.
W.H.E.E.L.S. 66, Xaverian 47
Frederick Douglass Academy 64, Leman Prep 58
Thomas Jefferson 65, Wings Academy 59