By Chris Squire '16
In a season of fits and starts, the Aces finally showed what’s possible when they’re clicking on all cylinders. LM dismantled Haverford on Friday night in historic fashion, blitzing the Fords 46-16 to earn their tenth Central League win.
Asher Barry ’15 led a balanced attack with 14 points and added seven rebounds. But the story was on the defensive end, where the Aces limited Haverford to a single field goal – just two points – in the second half, the lowest output by an Aces opponent over consecutive quarters in the Gregg Downer era. The 16 total points scored by Haverford was the lowest for an Aces opponent since a 67-16 victory over Marple Newtown on January 6, 2006.
LM jumped to an early 6-2 lead on a layup by Jule Brown ’15 and two buckets by Jeremy Horn ’16 to prompt a Fords timeout. The Aces extended the margin to eight at 14-6 after one quarter and held a 24-14 advantage at halftime. LM played tough, smart and together, moving the ball on the offensive end and sharing the wealth. In one second-quarter sequence, the ball found all five players on the floor before Barry finished off a pretty interior feed from KJ Helton ’16.
The Aces opened the second half on a driving layup from Steve Pendleton ’15 and never looked back, reeling off 15 unanswered points before a Fords layup at the third quarter buzzer finally ended the run. But Haverford would not score again. Every player in the Aces lineup took the floor in the final quarter and all seemed focused on completing a defensive masterpiece. When the final buzzer sounded, they had done just that, delivering a dominant victory and a message that this team just may be turning a corner.
Especially promising on Friday night was LM’s interior defense. The Aces blocked eight shots, led by Jeremy Horn’s four rejections. The 6’7 junior added eight rebounds and six points in some of his best minutes of the season.
With the victory, the Aces move to 10-3 in Central League play and retain sole possession of second place. Haverford drops to 8-6 in the league.
LM returns to action on Monday night at home at 7 PM against Ridley. This is a make-up game for the contest that was postponed due to snow last week.