Just days removed from their best shooting performance of a young season, the Aces struggled to find their touch in a 50-39 loss to Haverford. Lower Merion used stingy defense and transition baskets to take a 25-23 lead going into halftime, but could muster only 14 points the rest of the way. Sophomore Eric Stahler (17 points, nine rebounds) and senior Eric Barefield (13 points, three assists) were the only Aces to reach double figures - Stahler's tally was a career high.
After an early barrage of treys by Haverford, it appeared the Aces had weathered the worst of the Fords' attack, recovering from an early 15-12 deficit to take a five point lead (22-17) midway through the 2nd quarter. Haverford scored the first six points of the second half, however, to regain the lead. The Fords extended the margin to eight in the third before a three-pointer by Steve Meehan at the close of the quarter narrowed the score to 39-35. In the fourth, the Aces could not convert on the offensive end and ultimately fell to a scrappy, senior-laden Haverford squad that adds another quality win to its season record. (The Fords knocked off league contender Upper Darby last week).
The Aces (4-3) now travel to Conestoga for a Friday night (7:30 PM) match-up between league rivals. The Pioneers are coming off an overtime loss at home to Ridley on Tuesday night.