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LA and Boston Latin set for showdown

Posted by Justin Rice  January 14, 2013 08:02 PM

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These teams share more in common than just the name of their school.

Both Boston Latin Academy (3-4) and Boston Latin (3-6) are looking for a game to jumpstart their seasons and tomorrow’s matchup at LA may just be what each team is looking for.

Both have had their share of close games this season, from Boston Latin’s last win against Lincoln-Sudbury (47-42) to LA’s league wins against Fenway and Burke.

Aside from Boston Latin’s blowout win last year (62-38), games between the two rivals have also gone down to the wire. In 2011, LA beat Boston Latin by just 3 points, 53-50.

LA coach Daniel Bunker believes that tomorrow’s game will be yet another close one.

“It’s a game between two even teams so I think it really comes down to who can hit open shots,” said Bunker.

He added that free throws will be essential as a result of Boston Latin only giving up 51-points a game, while LA gives up just four more points (55) on average.

The only thing that Bunker could point to as an advantage for his team is playing on their home court and how familiar the student-athletes from each team are with each other.

“These kids go play at the [YMCA] together, they know each other,” Bunker said. “Sometimes we just need to say a player’s name and they already know which hand they like to dribble with.”

Bunker can only hope that familiarity works in LA’s favor as the two rivals meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at LA.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at zolankannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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