The Aces settled for a weekend split, downing Conestoga 59-49 on Friday night and falling to #3-ranked Pennsbury 48-39 on Sunday. In their win over Conestoga, the Aces led throughout, using a 14-4 2nd quarter run to secure a working margin. Greg Robbins led all scorers with 21 points - Carl Johnson chipped in with 17. The game represented an even bigger victory in the fight against cancer. Friday was the annual Coaches v. Cancer classic - the Aces and their fans raised nearly $2000 for the cause.
On Sunday, the Maroon & White squared off against a Pennsbury squad considered by many to be top contenders for a state title run. Unfazed, the Aces came out swinging and raced to a 24-17 halftime edge, keyed by strong defense and timely shots, including a Robbins 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. It was a tale of two halves, however, as the Falcons rallied behind Temple-bound 6'9 center Lavoy Allen and sharp-shooting guard Mike Aviles to take the lead late in the third quarter. In the 4th, the Aces struggled to find their offensive rhythm. A steal and bucket by Johnson (13 points) and 3-pointer by Steve Meehan (8 points, 3 assists) cut the Pennsbury lead to 3 with 5 minutes to play, but the Aces would get no closer. Robbins earned game MVP honors for the Aces, finishing with 12 points and six rebounds. The contest was Game One of a Scholastic Play-By-Play classic, which featured other top programs from around the state, including Harrisburg, Chester, Schenley and Prep Charter.