Despite a night of cold shooting and without the services of one of their top scorers, the Aces led most of the way against Strath Haven Tuesday night. But poor foul shooting down the stretch gave the Panthers life and the Aces paid the price, falling at the buzzer 51-50.
After a tight first quarter, LM began to build a margin in the second quarter, going up 21-13 behind the aggressive play of Steve Payne ?19 and Harrison Klevan ?18. Though the Aces? perimeter shots weren?t falling, they found success attacking the rim and forcing Strath Haven turnovers. At halftime, LM led 28-22.
The Aces opened the second half on a 5-0 run prompting a Panthers timeout. Over the next four minutes, Strath Haven cut LM?s lead to four heading into the final period. In the fourth, the Aces led by four and held the ball near half-court for nearly two minutes before Strath Haven matched up to defend. Seconds later, Darryl Taylor ?19 drilled a three to give the Aces a seven-point advantage. All seemed to be working in the Aces? favor.
The Panthers responded with a three of their own, but Jared Robinson ?18 answered with a driving layup at the one-minute mark to push the Aces lead back to six. Strath Haven then began to foul and the Aces missed three consecutive front ends of one-and-ones, which Haven converted on the other end, including the game-winner.
The Aces played hard and almost overcame the absence of Jack Forrest ?19, but shot just 4-18 from beyond the arc on the night and 1-5 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.LM looks to rebound on Friday as they face undefeated Penncrest team at 7 in Bryant Gymnasium.