It was opening day for MIAA basketball programs Boys’ Latin and Cristo Rey, as the Hornets visited Lake Avenue on Monday afternoon, for a non-conference battle with the host Lakers, who opened the new season with a resounding a 78-30 victory.
The contest also marked the introduction of the 35-second shot clock in the MIAA, but it was not a factor as the Lakers grabbed a 13-5 lead after one quarter of play, and increased their advantage to 35-14 at the half.
Eleven different players scored for coach Cliff Rees, and four were in double figures.
BL’s Jordan Brooks led all scorers with 14 points, Colin Heacock and Devin Shewell each had 12, and Blair Brooks added 10.
The Hornets were led by Stephen Camphor’s 10 points.
Boys’ Latin hit eight three-pointers, including three from behind the arc by DJ Willoughby in the fourth quarter.
Rees does not anticipate much impact from the shot clock.
“I don’t think it did much today,” said Rees. “I think it was just just two shot clock violations. It will impact some teams at various times, but I hope it won’t impact us, because we like to play a transition game as best we can.”
Rees, whose team plays in the B Conference, said that he was pleased with the effort against the Hornets, who play in the C.