The 2023 PSAL title game may have ranked as one of the top 5 championship games in league history! It was An All-Brooklyn battle as Eagle Academy Brooklyn led by LIU Commits Eric Acker and Trey Sheppard went up against Division rival Thomas Jefferson led by the deadly backcourt trio of Sophomores Connor Sprattley, Tristan “Man Man” Davis, Tywon Evans, and versatile big man Anthony Evans.
In the first half, Eagle was up 23-15, Jefferson finished the half on a 14-7 run but Eagle went into the half ahead 30-29. After a very tight third quarter with many ties and lead changes, Eagle was still ahead 47-45.
The fourth quarter is what made this game a classic. Jeff went in full steam to take a 56-49 lead. At this point, the momentum shifted heavily in favor of the Orange Wave. Eagle with a large contingent of their fans in attendance at the Barclays never backed down. While Jefferson was up 60-53 Eagle will go on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 63. After a timeout, the Orange Wave answered quickly with a play that had Connor Sprattley hit a floater with one second to give the Orange wave a 65-63 lead.
4.5 seconds left, Eagle needed an answer to close out the game and claim their first title in School’s history. Eagle looked to the 6-2 shooter Eddie Munyak who hit a three from the corner to give them the lead for good! 2.2 seconds left and not enough time for the Orange wave to get a shot off as Eagle wins 66-65 to win their 1st PSAL city title in the school’s history.
MVP Honors went to LIU commit Eric Acker who scored 15 points in the game in front of his future head coach Rod Strickland who was in attendance.
Next Stop for Eagle BK is the State federation semifinals where they will face CHSAA “AA” Champion Archbishop Stepinac.
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