Andrews breaks 41-year scoring mark; No. 6 BL crushes Pikesville (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Derek Toney
Jaylin Andrews remembers the first point he scored as a Boys’ Latin School varsity basketball player.
“It was a free throw at John Carroll. I was playing against my AAU teammate Immanuel Quickley,” Edwards said. “I went to the line and hit my first free throw.”
Fast forward nearly four years later to Monday evening where Andrews made history. The senior became Boys’ Latin’s all-time scorer in the sixth-ranked Lakers’ 78-45 victory over Pikesville inside the Gelston Athletic Center in Roland Park.
Andrews, a 6-foot-4 wing finished with 11 points, giving him 1,451 for his career. His picture perfect 3-pointer from the elbow early in the second quarter pushed him past Kevin T. Walters, who scored 1,446.
Walters graduated from the Baltimore City private school in 1977.
Andrews said he was “relieved” to finally get the record.
“I was stressing after I missed that first 3. When I hit the second one I was like now we can play and go ahead and get the win,” he said. “I felt relieved after all the pressure to get the record. It’s amazing.”
Edwards’ 12 points Monday was below his season average of 19.4 for the Lakers, who are on track for a MIAA A Conference playoff berth. Boys’ Latin lost to Mount Carmel in its first A postseason appearance last season.
It appeared to be a dicey proposition for the Lakers, who saw All-Met performer Kodye Pugh (now at Stanford University) transferred to Blair Academy to New Jersey’s Blair Academy, after deciding to move up from the B Conference. Boys’ Latin struggled in the 2015-16 campaign, but there was hope with a young and promising nucleus led by Andrews.
Lakers coach Cliff Rees said Andrews is scratching his potential.
“He’s shooting much better. He’s up around 40-percent from the 3-point line,” said Rees. “His decision making has gotten better each year. There’s not many all-around players like Jaylin. He’s got the all-time highest efficiency of any player we’ve coached here.”
Andrews, who’s drawing interest from Delaware, East Carolina, Lafayette and UMass, can now squarely focus on taking BL (18-4 overall, 7-4 MIAA A) back to the MIAA A playoffs.
After scoring his record basket, Andrews was mobbed by his teammates and classmates.
Rees said Andrews’ presence has gone way farther than the hardwood.
“The way he’s been a leader and sets the example for the high schoolers and the mentoring program at the lower school, he’s a special person,” said Rees.
“The support of my family, the students and coaches, it’s been amazing,” said Andrews. “It’s a blessing to have such a strong support system behind me. I love the community.”
No. 6 Boys’ Latin School 78, Pikesville 45
Pikesville – Fata 2, Godinez 13, Flaks 6, Williamson 6, Irving 3, Jones 4, Brown 3, Nelson 8. Totals 16 11-13 45.
Boys’ Latin – Lewis 8, Watts 9, Hardway 8, Grace 3, Andrews 12, Bates 11, Spells 4, Spencer 16, Akuffo 2, Griffin 5. Totals 31 7-13 78.
Pikesville 13 6 15 11 – 45
Boys’ Latin 20 18 16 24 – 78