Boys basketball: Boys' Latin vs. Friends

Freinds' Jamal Gross, left, drives past Colin Heacock of Boys' Latin during the semifinal of the Laker Invitational Basketball Tournament Friday night. Boys' Latin won, 62-46. (staff photo by, Brian Krista / December 16, 2011)

A three-minute span against Friends was near perfection for Boys' Latin in the semifinal of the Laker Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Boys' Latin went on a 12-1 run early Friday night in the first quarter to build a nine-point lead. The Lakers never looked back en route to a 62-46 victory.

Boys' Latin (3-3) will play Coppin Academy in the championship Saturday at 1 p.m.

Lakers' first-year coach Cliff Rees said his team played perhaps its best game of the season against Friends.


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"I thought we pushed the ball up the floor better than we have in past games," he explained. "And handled some of the pressure than we have in the past. It's something I have been a little frustrated with."

Rees' son Casey, a junior shooting guard, led the winners with 17 points and teammate Colin Heacock totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Rees other son Matt contributed seven points and 15 rebounds.

Friends junior point guard Brandon Jones paced his squad with 17 points and three assists. Warner Mason added six points and seven rebounds.

Jones nor his any of teammates could slow down the Lakers in the first quarter.

After Jamal Gross turn around jumper gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead, the Lakers went on a 12-1 run. Robert White capped the stretch on a layup with 3:50 remaining.

Friends (2-6) managed to go on a 6-2 spurt over the next 2:03 to trim the advantage to 14-9.

In the second quarter, Boys' Latin took control. Casey Rees' three-point with 3:29 left ended a 9-0 and gave the Lakers a 25-12 lead.

The Lakers led by as many as 18 points in the second half. Friends trimmed the margin to 10 twice, but couldn't get any closer.

"I think once we cut it down to 10, we got a little complacent," Jones said. "We didn't work on what coach (Bill Pace) said we had to do. We didn't execute."