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Canisius’ Reed is state Class A co-player of year

LaTerrance Reed’s Twitter handle is The King, and it’s definitely good to be The King these days.

The Canisius senior earned another basketball honor Thursday as the All-Western New York first team selection was named New York State Class A Co-Player of the Year. He shares the honor with Joe Cremo of Scotia-Glenville, the same Cremo who almost spoiled the Crusaders’ Federation championship run if not for Reed and his teammates.

Reed averaged 19 points per game, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in helping Canisius win its first State Class A Catholic and Federation championships.

Reed was named MVP of the state Catholic final after pouring in a game-high 28 points on just 15 shots, including 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

Reed, who also earned MVP honors at the Federation Tournament of Champions, had 19 points in an overtime win over Scotia-Glenville in the semifinals that ended the defending champions’ 53-game winning streak. After sitting most of the first half with three fouls, he came off the bench and scored 12 points in the third quarter to help Canisius rally from a halftime deficit and take the lead. In the Federation championship game, Reed had 14 points – sparking the game-opening 11-2 run with a three-pointer and closing it with a layup as Canisius took a lead it never relinquished.

“Feels great,” Reed tweeted to The News. “All the glory to my teammates and coaches. Without them none of this would be possible.”

Meanwhile, Zack Panebianco of Jamestown, the Buffalo News Allen Wilson Player of the Year, received second team all-state honors in Class AA. Panebianco, who averaged more than 21 points per game and spearheaded the Red Raiders’ drive to three straight Section VI Class AA championships, is the only player from the true upstate sections (Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton areas) to earn a spot on one of the top two teams in the state. Eight of the top 11 players, including the Player of the Year, hailed from schools either in New York City, Long Island or the Westchester area.

Reed, who earlier this week received an offer from Niagara University, isn’t the only Crusader honored.

Longtime teammate and friend Stafford Trueheart earned second team all-state. Josh Huffman was a ninth-team selection.

Others earning all-state honors in Class A from Western New York include Cheektowaga’s Dominick Welch (third team), McKinley’s Devin Morris (fourth team), Nichols’ Cam Lewis and Chris Miner (both on sixth team), T.C. Brown of Amherst (seventh team), Williamsville South’s Greg Dolan (11th team) and Sam Castronova (13th team) and North Tonawanda’s Chris Woodard (12th team).

Others earning all-state in Class AA include Jamestown’s Stephen Carlson (fifth team), Williamsville North’s Dylan Lambert (fifth team) and Maceo Jack (sixth team), Kenmore West’s Terrell Ford (eighth team) and Frontier’s Jay Bergmann (ninth team).