The Boys’ Latin – St. Paul’s basketball game is a historic rivalry. Although the atmosphere of these games is always exciting and entertaining, this year was unique because Boys’ Latin is in the A conference and St. Paul’s is in the B. In addition, this game brought spectators from all over to support cancer research.
Brandon Bradsher, a junior at BL, lead the Lakers to victory with 21 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Jaylin Andrews, a sophmore at BL, had 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Spencer Rees, a senior, went 40% from the three point line, tallied a total of 13 points, a block, and two rebounds.
For St. Paul’s, Zach Bare lead the team with 19 points, four rebounds, and one assist. His impressive 19 point game came as little surprise because he holds the all-time point record at St. Paul’s. A.J. Sawyers also lead the Crusaders to a loss with 17 points and two rebounds.
“The game meant a lot to me because it resembled not only my last basketball game I’ll ever play, but the last time my dad will be coaching me. It’s a fun game because it was for a great cause and the whole environment and energy surrounding the gym,” said Spencer Rees.
Last year’s game brought more excitement to the board. Boys’ Latin lost to St. Paul’s in the regular season and got their revenge in the semi finals before taking home the B Conference championship. Boys’ Latin’s Dylan Kowalewski believes the competition of last year’s game was more intense as well.
“The level of play last year was something else. Patrick Spencer and Kodye Pugh were huge influences that we lost, and this year our size hurt us greatly, with our tallest player bing 6’3”,” said Kowalewski.
Jaylin Andrews, a sophmore who has been starting since his freshman year, loves the St. Paul’s game. “It’s a great game everytime we play SP; it’s a good environment, our fans are always into it and it makes the game fun,” said Andrews.
“Everytime we play St. Paul’s we want to beat them. It’s another game on the schedule. When you hear your named called or screamed it’s jittery,” exclaimed Andrews.
The Lakers only graduate two seniors and return a lot of talent. Brandon Bradsher and Jaylin Andrews will lead the young Lakers next year, and the Lakers will continue to compete in the A conference. Kenny Lewis, a sophmore, will need to have a huge year, being the only returning big man.