Last year, the Boys’ Latin basketball team had a crushing defeat in overtime against John Carroll in the A Conference championship. This year, the Lakers are out for revenge and are well on their way to getting it with a 24-4 overall record and an 10-1 conference record.
According to Assistant Coach Mr. Morrissey, this success stems from Senior Cameron Spencer, who was recently named the FOX 45 Prep Athlete of the Week.
“If he is not the best player in our league, he is one of the two or three best players,” said Morrissey. Spencer has been electric this season, even scoring his 1000th point against Mount St. Joseph’s on January 17th.
“I haven’t really thought about the achievement, but it was a goal of mine at the beginning of the season,” said Spencer. Spencer believes that the team is performing at such a high level because of the team’s strong connection. “I think we have very good chemistry as a team this year and we understand our roles well as a team. With the help of our coaches, we do a good job of preparing for games and executing our plan on the court,” said Spencer.
Alongside Spencer, fellow seniors Sam Grace and Cameron Watts are also helpful assets to the team with their three-point shooting abilities. “Having Sammy and the Cams on the perimeter, hitting three-pointers—we are never out of a game,” said Morrissey.
Grace also believes the team’s success is from the team’s chemistry. “Although we had a special group of guys last year, I believe we have a bond that can’t be broken. I think that is the one thing that makes this team special from different years,” he said.
On Lake Avenue, the basketball team’s success is discussed frequently by the students. “I always see students asking the players about their games. There is a constant buzz that surrounds the team, especially on game days,” said Senior Eric Gazin, who believes that this early success is no fluke. “With our lights-out shooting from the beyond the arc, there is no team that can stop us. I think we will win the championship.”
And that seems to be the plan. After this impressive start to the season, Grace is still hungry for more. “I’m happy with how the season has been going so far, but our ultimate goal is to win the championship. It would mean so much to us seniors who felt the pain of being so close to the title last year,” said Grace.
With the second half of the season rapidly approaching, the Lakers sit atop the MIAA A conference Black Division and are showing no signs of slowing down.
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