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2017-18 All-Metro boys basketball co-Coach of the Year: Cliff Rees, Boys' Latin

Boys' Latin coach Cliff Rees talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of a game against Gerstell Academy in 2016.
Boys' Latin coach Cliff Rees talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of a game against Gerstell Academy in 2016. (Steve Ruark / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

In his seventh season and the program's third in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, Rees led the No. 7 Lakers to a 25-7 season and surprise trip to the league's championship game.

Boys' Latin was able to overcome obstacles and was poised in taking No. 2 John Carroll into overtime of the title game. One of the Lakers' standout players, Connor Walsh, was out for the entire season with an ankle injury that was suffered in the last game of the school's football season.

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Led by senior Jaylin Andrews, sophomore Cameron Spencer and a tight senior class, Boys' Latin surpassed expectations in a season that was stacked with talented conference opponents. After claiming an upset win at No. 1 St. Frances in the semifinal round, the Lakers came back from a 17-point deficit in the championship game against John Carroll.

"Regardless of roles or playing time, we had 12 players that are terrific young men who supported each other throughout the season and had fun even when things may not have been going our way," Rees said. "As a coach, I truly believe it was the camaraderie, outstanding character of our players, and leadership of our five seniors that enabled our success this year."

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Rees has a 129-72 mark in seven seasons with a B Conference title in the 2013-14 season. This season's 25 wins are the second most in program history.

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