By D.W. Awtrey '16
The Aces rolled to a 59-39 victory over Harriton on Tuesday night in front of a sold out crowd at Bryant Gymnasium. The teams traded baskets in the early going, but the Aces took the lead for good at 12-10 on a late first quarter trey by Corey Sherman 15. LM would extend the margin to eight by the half and 20 points by the fourth quarter.
KJ Helton 16 led the Aces with a career-high 24 points. The junior guard scored eight consecutive points during a decisive 15-3 second half run highlighted by a three-pointer from the wing and driving layup.
Helton, Sherman (6 points) and Steve Pendleton 15 (9 points) combined to harass the Rams perimeter attack, while Jule Brown 15 (11 points), Asher Barry 15 (2 points), Eli Needle 16 (2 points) and Dion Harris 17 held down the interior. Pendleton finished with five steals, including four in the second half.
The Aces defense held the Rams to their lowest point tally of the season.
Rounding out the scoring for LM were Joel Dunoff 15 (2 points), Amir Horton 17 (2 points) and Terrell Jones 17 (2 points).
Though the outcome on the court was decided early, the two schools' student sections kept things interesting all night long. The Dawg Pound was in full-effect and traded good-natured barbs with Harriton's "Herd" until the final buzzer. Of course, the Pound had the final word, reminding their opponents of the final result on the "scoreboard, scoreboard, scoreboard."
With the win, the Aces improve to 9-4 (7-1 Central League). Up next for the Aces is a visit to Upper Darby on Thursday. Tip-off is 7 PM.