Fresh off a tournament championship at the Oakland Mills Invitational, No. 15 Boys’ Latin School capped off a busy holiday schedule with a great win over Virginia’s Middleburg Academy, prevailing 70-67 in double overtime finish, Friday, at the Crossover Hoops Pennsylvania Showcase at Hill School.
Middleburg led throughout most of the game, building a lead as large as 10 points on two occasions including once in the second half. Boys’ Latin’s defense, however, clamped down on their talented opponents, holding Middleburg to just nine fourth quarter points while the Lakers scored 15 in the final stanza of regulation, to force overtime.
The game remained knotted up at the end of the first overtime, as the Lakers (10-5 overall) hung in despite seeing starting point guard Brandon Bradsher foul out in the first OT and missing freshman sensation Brandon Murray for the whole game due to illness. In the second overtime, BL went on a scoring spurt, opening up a seven-point lead late in the period and held on to seal the victory.
Junior shooting guard Connor Walsh was named the game spotlight MVP for BL and former Gilman School standout Tyler Foster was given the award for Middleburg in the loss. Foster led Middleburg with 18 points.
Walsh was the game’s high scorer with 19 points and he snared six rebounds. Junior forward Kenny Lewis also had a tremendous game for BL pouring in 16 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Bradsher finished with 16 points and four assists before fouling out of the game and junior shooting guard Jaylin Andrews had another outstanding game, scoring 17 points, handing out five assists and hauling in an unbelievable 14 rebounds against a very big and very athletic Middleburg team.
Boys’ Latin now gets a few days to rest up with one out of conference game next week before getting back to the rigorous MIAA A conference schedule on January 11th.