Lakers sweep three games in Western PA event; Spencer scores 69 points in the event
The Boys’ Latin School basketball team traveled into Western Pennsylvania over the weekend to participate in the inaugural The Kiski Prep Tip-Off Invitational in Saltsberg, near Pittsburgh, and the Lakers came away with three wins and a championship trophy.
In Sunday’s championship game, BL was pitted against Ontario-based Father Henry Carr, a Canadian Prep League powerhouse, and prevailed 67-60.
Behind some hot shooting and good defense, the Lakers raced out to a 40-22 halftime lead. The Crusaders battled back in the second half, but BL was able to put the game away with some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. Sam Grace led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Cameron Watts had 16 and Cam Spencer finished with 13 points.
In Friday’s opening round, a 31-point third quarter buoyed the Lakers to a 78-63 win over Philadelphia’s Malvern Prep. Spencer recorded a triple double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the way. Grace matched Spencer’s 24 points on 8-10 shooting from beyond the 3-point line, and Jake Nichols scored 17 points and grabbed 8 boards.
In Saturday’s semifinals, BL met International Sports Academy, a first year program from outside of Cleveland, OH that boasts several nationally rated recruits. Spencer, however, dropped 32 points as the Lakers led from start to finish in their 60-52 victory.
The Lakers, who are now 5-1, travel to Mount Carmel Wednesday looking for a sixth straight win in their first MIAA A Conference matchup of the season.
Pictured above: The Lakers pose with the championship trophy after their three-day sweep at the Kiski Prep Tip-Off Tournament.