Lakers top No. 7 Mount Carmel in MIAA A opener

Jaylin Andrews scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Boys’ Latin over Mount Carmel.

by Joe DiBlasi

When Boys’ Latin wanted to put a knock out punch on visiting Mount Carmel, in the Lakers’ MIAA home opener, Wednesday in Roland Park, they turn to their senior star Jaylin Andrews. The 6-foot-4 senior did not disappoint his teammates.

Andrews erupted for 20 second half points and the Lakers held off the Cougars for a 65-54 victory.

The Lakers (5-0 overall, 1-0 MIAA A) held the Cougars to just six points in the second quarter as they raced out to a 30-20 halftime lead.  The Cougars evened things out in the second half, but every time they tried to make a run, it was Andrews who had an answer.

“That was the best defensive effort we’ve had so far, by far this year,” said Laker coach Cliff Rees, who said the defensive stops in the first half made the difference.

“It was huge. It gave us a 10-point lead at the half. The kids made their rotations and got every rebound and played it hard.”

Mount Carmel (3-3, 0-1) got within eight points of the lead with 2:23 to go in regulation when Mekhi Howard hit a three-pointer, but Andrews answered quickly on the other end with a jumper to seal the win.

Andrews finished with 26 points on the night to lead all scorers, including 13-for-16 from the free throw line.

“They beat us in the playoffs last year to take us out,

and that was a bittersweet feeling in our hearts, so we came out here tonight to try to get a good win against them,” said Andrews. “It was a good team win. My teammates set me up, especially Cameron Spencer and Dogan Hardway.

“Mount Carmel is a great team with a great coach.

I have a lot of respect for coach Hakim Hibbard.”

Rees said it’s huge starting off the A conference against one of the best teams in the conference to get a win on our home floor.

“It was very important to us. Jaylin did a great job in the first half by getting everybody involved in the scoring, and in the second half he he took over the game. He is a phenomenal player. I’m proud of our kids.”

Rees explained the challenge Mount Carmel presents.

“Mount Carmel is a really good team and they’re real athletic, but our kids played extremely smart tonight for most of the game and I think that made the difference,” added Rees.

Junior Rasheed Brown led the Cougars with 17 points, but the Cougars lost the high scoring guard to a double technical with 4:41 to go in the game, which took some of the starch out of their offense.

MC.   14    6.  16   18  —   54
BL      18   12  17   18  —  65
MOUNT CARMEL: Felton 9, Watson 2, Howard 8, Quickly 4, Carrington 6, Jones 5, Miller 3, Brown 17. TOTALS: 54.
BOYS’ LATIN: Andrews 26, Bates 8, Hardway 8, Lewis 10, Spencer 9, Watts 4. TOTALS: 65.