Earlier this month on January 3rd, the Lakers took home a 70-63 win in a highly competitive game against a conference opponent, the Calvert Hall Cardinals. The Lakers hopped on the bus to the Cardinals’ home court with no seniors present.
With five seniors missing, including three starters due to a senior trip obligation, the underclassmen stepped up to the task and pulled out the crucial win. Without the seniors, including star guard Jaylin Andrews, the Lakers certainly were shorthanded coming into the game. They needed big performances from players who hadn’t seen many minutes leading up to the game, and the younger guys certainly delivered.
Junior guard and starter Cameron Spencer put the team on his back and lead the Lakers to victory with 17 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Teddy Roebuck and Alex Stengel, who are the team managers, were at the game to record the statistics of each player and later posted them on the Boys’ Latin website.
Spencer said, “I knew I had to step up and be a leader without the seniors there. It was a total team win and so many guys stepped up, and that’s been really important moving forward.”
Along with Spencer’s key performance, fellow juniors Cameron Watts, Sam Grace, and Dogan Hardway were crucial to the win with impressive stats. Grace, who registered 13 points, said he knew they were talented without the seniors and feelsthey “can be very tough moving forward knowing that they can look to anyone on the team to step and come off the bench.”
The Lakers saw big games from everyone especially from juniors Kwaku Akuffo, Damon Spells and Alex Lee. All three had seen limited minutes coming into the game, but that surely didn’t matter as they stepped up when called upon to help pull out a nail-biter win.
Both teams were very evenly matched, and there wasn’t a point in the game when either team ran away with the lead. The Cardinals deserve credit for their performance as well, especially sharpshooters Brendan Adams and Logan Curtis. When the game came down to the wire, however, the Lakers proved to have more grit to come out victorious.
Assistant Coach Jimmy Morrissey, who’s also a math teacher in the upper school, was very pleased with the win and said it was one of the most special games he’s seen as a coach.
“The preparation going into the game wasn’t different than any other game; we just had a few new faces in the mix. We always want the guys to go out there and have fun, and I’m proud of the guys who stepped in, really proud,” said Morrissey.