NYPD beats NYFD in NY Heroes basketball game

By on February 15, 2015

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Boomer Esiason, head coach of the FDNY’s basketball team, let it be known that he was concerned about his rivals offering Police Benevolent Association cards to the officials prior to tipoff of the game against the NYPD at the Barclay’s Center Sunday.

As it turned out, it was the police officers’ quick hands that proved more problematic.

New York’s Finest downed the Bravest, 40-33, in the New York Heroes Game. Guard Kenyatta Brown from the Housing Authority Police Service Area 3 led the cops with 11 points, and guard Joseph Alohan, from the 70th Precinct, employed aggressive defense to limit Muggsy Bogues, a hydrant-size former NBA guard, as he probed the police’s defense.

“Joe put the pressure on Muggsy so everyone had to follow through,” said Khaleef Allicott, who converted a lefty layup in the final moments. “There was a little more height out there than usual.”

Both rosters included former NBA players. Felipe Lopez, once a star at Rice High in Harlem and with St. John’s in college, joined Bogues in suiting up with the firemen. A.C. Green, a retired ironman, and former Knicks forward John Wallace played with the police. They gathered at midcourt for a ceremony afterward with $ 35,000 being donated to each of the department’s charity foundations.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton (l.) looks on as New York's Finest take on the city's Bravest.

There was a moment of recognition, as well. Officers Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellerano, who were wounded in the line of duty while responding to an armed robbery last month, were honored at midcourt. Pellerano, 38, was shot in the chest and arm. Dossi, 30, was shot in the left arm and lower back. Both received standing ovations.

“It’s always good when we get to show them support,” Alohan said.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton congratulated each member of the winning outfit afterward.

“Good to get that win,” Brown said.

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