Courtesy: Brooklyn Courier
The Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology basketball team wanted to prove something this summer.
The Jets didn’t win a title — instead falling 64–49 to The Patrick School in the Conrad McRae Youth League Championship Game on Aug. 28 — but the word is out now that the Jets are a team to contend with.
“It’s something that I am used to, but I’m just so happy for the kids that they get to enjoy working hard and getting to a game that nobody could have dreamed of us getting to,” coach Kenny Pretlow said before the game. “We thought that we could maybe just get a playoff spot, but we made it to this championship game.”
Brooklyn Law and Tech surprised everyone by even making it to the championship tilt, defeating Wings Academy in the semifinals on Aug. 27. The Jets showcased the team’s collective grit and hustle in that victory, but the championship game was a different challenge entirely.
The Patrick School boasted some serious size and power — particularly in the post — as all-American Jamir Harris and 7-footer Buay Koka helped the Celtics jump out to an early 15–2 lead. It was nearly impossible for Law and Tech to drive down the lane Koka standing on the block, and it proved to be a challenging task to guard Harris.
Pretlow called an early timeout — trying to get his team to relax — and the Jets responded with a much-needed boost of intensity.