Second half surge propels Boys’ Latin past No. 13 Dulaney to three-peat at Oakland Mills tourney; Andrews named MVP (VIDEO HERE!!!)
What a difference a week makes for Boys’ Latin School.
The 11th-ranked Lakers won the Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament crown with a come-from-behind 59-42 victory over No. 13 Dulaney in the title match in Columbia.
Senior forward Kenny Lewis scored 21 points and Jaylin Andrews added 16 for Boys’ Latin (9-2 overall). Ryan Conway finished with 21 points for Dulaney (5-1).
The Lakers outscored the Baltimore County school, 35-7, in the second half to win their third consecutive Oakland Mills tourney crown. Last week on its home court, Boys’ Latin was upset by Annapolis Area Christian School followed with a 22-point drubbing by then-No. 4 John Carroll School (now No. 3) spoiling a 7-0 start.
“We just got outplayed and I didn’t have them ready,” said Boys’ Latin coach Cliff Rees. “Tonight was what I expect of our kids. I knew they were capable of playing this way. The second half was the best half of basketball we’ve played all year.”
The Lakers’ zone slowed down and befuddled Dulaney over the final 16 minutes Thursday. The Lions made just two field goals in the second half.
Rees said his squad committed themselves.
“We talked about cutting down on the turnovers and contesting shots. We did those things better in the second half,” said Rees. “It really boiled down to the kids working harder, playing with each other and making some big shots.”
“It was about guys putting in the effort. Everybody going for rebounds, not taking plays off,” said Lewis. “Everybody doing it for each other.”
Lewis, who was selected to the all-tournament team, 6-foot-8 senior Chris Bates and junior Dogan Hardway (6-5) and Andrews reigned on the boards, limiting Dulaney to one shot. Andrews sparked the offense, scoring seven in an 18-0 run to start the second half.
“We came out with a whole new mindset, trying to get stops, trying to get rebounds, just making winning plays,” said Andrews, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “We made those plays happen.”
Sam Grace’s steal and layup put the Lakers up 42-35 before Dulaney got its first points of the second half – a 3-pointer from Conway with 45 seconds remaining in the third. The Lions, despite their shooting woes, was within 48-42 after Conway’s basket with 3:55 left in regulation.
The Lakers broke Dulaney’s press as Lewis finished, starting an 11-0 closing surge. It was a vastly different story in the opening half.
The Lions’ up-tempo attack flustered Boys’ Latin, scoring the final 10 points in the opening quarter for a 17-11 advantage. The Timonium school led 33-18 with 3 minutes left in the half after converting two free throws and a basket following a technical foul on the Lakers.
Then came the second half.
“In my 18 years of coaching I’ve never seen two totally different halves. We executed our game plan well in the first half,” said Dulaney coach Matt Lochte. “We took a lot of shots and a lot of shots did not go in.
Give Boys’ Latin a ton of credit…the matchup zone was a problem. When you’re not making shots, you really don’t get second shots opportunities. Our guys got frustrated, trying to force things. As the second half went on, we couldn’t buy a basket.”
Conway was selected to the all-tournament team with Lewis, Andrews and Cameron Spencer from Boys’ Latin, and Oakland Mills’ Robert Burgess. Burgess scored 25 points as the host Scorpions (5-2) routed Arundel (2-5), 70-48, in the consolation game. Ke’von Simpson added 16 points for Oakland Mills and Daeshawn Eaton scored 10.
The Lakers are back in action Friday afternoon against Audenried Charter School (PA) at the Crossover Showcase at Hill School in Pennsylvania.
Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament
No. 11 Boys’ Latin School 59, No. 13 Dulaney 42
Dulaney – Conway 24, Evans 7, I. Cornish 5, Amoruso 4, J. Cornish 5. Totals 16 6-8 42.
Boys’ Latin – Lewis 21, Watts 8, Grace 2, Andrews 16, Bates 2, Spells 2, Spencer 8. Totals 22 13-18 59.
Dulaney 17 18 3 4 – 42
Boys’ Latin 11 13 18 17 – 59
Oakland Mills 70, Arundel 48
Arundel – Hogan 2, Wise 6, Jackson 3, Gogarty 5, Radford 7, Thomas 3, Brown 4, Rohrer 4, Commodore 2, Robinson 4, Cunningham 2. Totals 17 9-11 48.
Oakland Mills – Eaton 10, Chance 4, Brown 2, Simpson 16, Burgess 25, Gaymon 2, Greggs 9, McFadden 2. Totals 25 15-24 70.
Arundel 10 12 5 21 – 48
Oakland Mills 26 20 20 4 – 70