The Aces pulled out another road win on Tuesday night, beating Marple Newtown 69-64. LM led throughout, and briefly held a 17-point advantage in the third quarter, before the Tigers rallied to within two in the final frame.
Asher Barry ?15 and Jule Brown ?15 led a balanced attack with 16 points. Corey Sherman ?15 (15 points), KJ Helton ?16 (12 points), Eli Needle ?16 (6 points) and Terrell Jones ?17 (4 points) rounded out the scoring.
After falling behind by a point at the end of the first quarter, LM outscored Marple 18-8 in the second frame to take a 33-24 advantage into halftime. The Aces surged out of the break on a 10-2 run keyed by a beautiful charge taken by Needle, two treys from Barry, a Helton steal and driving layup and a transition bucket from Brown. Up 43-26 at the 4:00 minute mark in the third, it appeared the Aces were in complete control. But the Tigers cut the lead back to nine by the end of the period as guard Nick Giordano, the Central League?s leading scorer, began to heat up.
Marple drew within two in the fourth quarter when Giordano, who erupted for 22 points over the final ten minutes of the game, converted a three-point play at the 2:05 mark. But Needle hit Jones for two consecutive buckets to give the Aces some breathing room. Sherman drilled four free throws late to get the LM lead back to eight, before a late Tigers three sealed the final margin.
It was the fourth straight Central League road win to open the season for the Aces and a tough battle against a much-improved Marple squad. LM once again overcame the absence of several key players and foul trouble en route to victory. Brown picked up his fifth in the fourth quarter just as Marple was making its run. The lineup that finished the game for LM included four players who hadn?t seen the floor during crunch time during a single game last season. And while the Aces haven?t had their full roster in uniform during the current campaign, it has been encouraging to see new faces contribute in important ways.
LM returns to action on Saturday night at 7 PM at home against state-ranked Parkland in the first night of the Kobe Bryant Classic.