Kevin Escott has been a lot of things for the Aces this season. Rebounder, defensive stopper, sparkplug. Last night he played all of those roles and gained another -- leading scorer. Escott's 13 points, including 5-6 free throw shooting in the 4th quarter, keyed another Lower Merion victory, a 46-30 defensive gem against Penncrest.
After a closely played first-half that saw the Lions use a stall strategy against the faster Aces, the Maroon & White turned up the heat late in the 3rd and early in the 4th quarter with high octane defense, timely shooting and an aggressive fastbreak. At the center of the action was Escott, who dove to the floor for several loose balls and had four steals in the second half (five for the game).
Once again, Eric Barefield had a strong floor game for the Aces, finishing with six points and seven assists, including several beautiful paint passes to Escott and Greg Robbins. During the past three games, Barefield has tallied 24 assists to just eight turnovers. Barefield's backcourt mate, Eric Stahler, led the Aces with six steals and notched all six of his points during the second half.
Robbins finished with 12 points and 3 blocked shots, including a huge rejection late in the 3rd that led to a fastbreak bucket by Escott. Steve Meehan rounded out the scoring with nine points, helping to ice the game midway through the fourth with a trey that gave the Aces their first double-digit lead.
With the win, the Aces completed a season sweep of Penncrest and held an opponent below 40 points for the 3rd time this season. Next up is Radnor at home on Tuesday night. Tip-off is 7:30 PM