The Lakers traveled to Essex, Maryland to play Mt. Carmel in the first round of the MIAA A Conference Basketball Playoffs. The Lakers lost a heartbreaker in overtime and finished their season with a 19-12 overall record while finishing at 8-8 in the A conference.
Unfortunately, a late three-pointer in overtime put Mt. Carmel over the Lakers 74-71.
“I was definitely disappointed,” Connor Walsh started, “but stuff like that happens all the time in sports. They hit a huge shot, and you have to give props to them. We played hard but just couldn’t come away with the victory.”
A pair of turnovers by the Lakers led Mt. Carmel to tie the game to go into overtime. The energy the Lakers had going into the game quickly diminished, and the Lakers fell short of reaching the semi-finals of the A conference.
“It was back and forth the whole game. We were up by five until the two turnovers that led to overtime. We kind of lost hope and faded in the overtime period. Overall, we played a hard fought game,” Brandon Bradsher said.
This was the first time the Lakers reached the A conference playoffs only being in the conference for two years. The Lakers made great strides this year beating teams like Loyola and Calvert Hall, both of whom beat the Lakers last season.
Coaches were especially proud of the leadership of point guard Brandon B
radsher, who was able to the lead the team to a successful season. Brandon was able to connect with each player on an emotional level and made the team feel like a family.
“His [Brandon] ability to guide the rest of the team in the right direction and to be able to connect with each one of them was an amazing help to the team. His personality and attitude were
infectious, and he was able to talk with the players when us coaches couldn’t reach them,” Coach Morrissey stated.
Bradsher became the eighth member of the 1,000-point club when he drained a 3-pointer from the corner of the court against Archbishop Curley. “Honestly, when I reached it, it brought me back to freshman year all the way to senior year. It showed me not only how much I’ve developed as a player, but a human being. I’ll always remember that moment, and I’m proud to be part of a legacy like that,” Bradsher said.
Many surprises came out of this year especially junior Connor Walsh who lit up the scoreboard for the Lakers in his first year at BL. Connor felt deeply saddened by the outcome of the game against Mt. Carmel but was grateful for the opportunity basketball presented him at BL.
“Playing this year I think was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to grow close with everyone, and it really felt like a brotherhood and a team. Coach Rees, Morrissey, and Delonde were so supportive and amazing. I had a great time and am just thankful to be here,” Walsh expressed.
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