By Mike Dirrane
Commissioner of the Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL).
In one of the greatest basketball games ever played in Bedford Summer Basketball League (BSBL) history, the Moonshiners captured their 4th Championship title in 7 years with a 35-32 victory over the Reservoir Dogs.
The Moonshiners trailed for most of the game in an epic defensive struggle between the two top teams in the regular season. Nick Romanelli’s clutch 3 point shot with less than a minute left was the difference.
The Reservoir Dogs were led by Bedford High School (BHS) Hall of Famers Jerry Cohen and Vin McGrath with 11 and 7 points respectively. In addition, Josh Kaledarian’s rebounding and Antoine King’s all-around play were outstanding in a gritty performance.
The Moonshiners capped off an 11-1 season led by BHS Hall of Famer Kevin Cangiano’s 13 points and Mike Thorsen’s 11 points, shot from long range. Nick Mizzoni had a big free throw down the stretch and Mike Dirrane’s steal and defense at the end of the game allowed Nick Romanelli to calmly hit the winning basket in a thrilling come-from-behind victory.
Allistar Williams received the 2019 MVP award and Chris Wesinger the 2019 Player of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the league and the community.