No. 6 Lakers pick up their eighth consecutive win

by Joe DiBlasi

The Boys’ Latin Lakers rolled to a 62-46 win over Archbishop Spalding in Anne Arundel County on Wednesday night to improve to 8-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Black Division of the MIAA A Conference.

Sharpshooters Cameron Spencer, Sam Grace and Cameron Watts combined for 47 points for coach Cliff Rees as the No. 6 Lakers reeled off their eighth consecutive win, after a close opening season loss to St. Maria Goretti in a non-league matchup.

Spencer led all scorers with 23 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter, when he propelled the Lakers to a 46-27 lead over the Cavs (1-6, 0-3 MIAA A).

Grace fired in 14 and Watts had 10. In addition, Kendall Walker added nine point.

Kobe Turner was the only player in double figures for the Cavaliers with 10.

Rees took his team to the MIAA championship game last season, where they fell to a strong John Carroll squad in overtime.

Rees said that up until then, his team was often looked upon as an underdog.

“This season everyone seems to be gunning for us, said Rees, now in his eighth year with the Lakers. “We see the best effort from every team that we play.”

Spencer, who is averaging 24 points in his last three outings, said, “The key to our success is great ball movement on offense, and being able to focus on defense.”

Watts said, “We’re communicating on both ends of the floor and we are concentrating on the extra pass on offense.”

“We focus on teamwork every day in practice, and it carries over into every game, said Grace, a four sport stand-out at Boys’ Latin. “We have a very unselfish team and we look for the open man to get the open shot.”

Rees said, “There are no selfish players on our team. We preach strong defense, and the need to always make the right play, especially in a tight game. We need to always work on making stops, whether we’re up by 12, 20 or 2. We know that as the season goes on, there will be a lot of tough games that will come down to one possession.”

Pictured above: (from left) Sam Grace, Cameron Watts and Cam Spencer combined for 47 points, with Spencer leading the way with 23.

BL 15 14 17 16 — 62
AS 8 6 13 19 — 46
BL: Walker 9, Watts 10, Grace 14, C. Spencer 23, Nichols 6.
AS: Akers 2, Bozeman 8, Hall 7, Pennick 9, Scott 6, Turner 10, Webb 2, Wheatley 2.