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25 Year Streak with No Basketball Championship Over

The 2014-2015 basketball season was one filled with many questions and concerns. The team realized early on they had the opportunity to do something special this season by being the first basketball team in 25 years to win a championship.

For the team, they had high hopes and saw success. For people that asked about the season, they seemed a little doubtful even though they tried to show support.

To begin the season, the Lakers started off with some bad losses to two A conference teams, John Carroll and Georgetown Prep, one of which went on to play in the A conference championship. One reason for the struggle was due to the absence of seniors Blair Brooks and Jerel Archer. Another reason was the new additions in freshmen Jaylin Andrews and more players getting playing time who never really played last year.

When the team finally got their chemistry and full roster back, they experienced a 15 game win streak, beating the number five ranked team in North Carolina, two A conference teams, and winning five conference games. “We really clicked and got a good rhythm. The whole team caught fire, really,” said junior Kodye Pugh.

When it came to playoff time, the team remained on the hot streak. Blowing out Curly 108-59 right before the playoffs was a major confidence booster.

Then came the St. Pauls game. That was probably the toughest game of the year.

Senior Blair Brooks stepped up in that game and hit many clutch shots, including his three-pointer before the end of the third quarter to make him the eighth Boys’ Latin player to score 1,000 points. After that, the Lakers went on to UMBC to beat Annapolis Area Christian School in the championship behind Patrick Spencer’s near triple-double performance.

That game was one with much importance. It was a second chance to win the championship after failing to do so the year before, and also as a rematch against AACS since they beat Boys’ Latin earlier in the season.

“This season was special to me. It was the best way to go out, honestly. Win the championship with your bros. It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Blair Brooks.

The Boys’ Latin varsity basketball team, coached by Cliff Ress, became the first team in 25 years to win it all.

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