Lower Merion began the 2nd half of the Central League campaign with an efficient 58-34 win against Springfield on Thursday night. An 18-2 third quarter run keyed the victory for the Aces, who improved to 12-2 (9-1 CL) on the season. The Cougars fell to 3-12 (1-9 CL). Springfield battled gamely in the first half, shooting 60% and knocking down four three-pointers, including three by senior Lou Meindl to keep things close. Ultimately, the Aces proved their dominance inside and out and used lockdown defense to jumpstart a stellar second half. Springfield scored ten total points after intermission.
Greg Robbins (21 points, 9 rebounds) displayed an array of moves in the post, including an effective turnaround jumper to lead the Aces in scoring. Carl Johnson (12 points) had his pretty jump shot working and finished at the basket and the free throw line. Eric Stahler led the team with seven assists and played a brilliant floor game. Steve Meehan continued his stellar shooting with nine points (3-4 from beyond the arc) and Oliver Cohen (six points, three assists) helped keep the Cougars at bay with two timely three-pointers. The interior play once again was solid, led by Andrew King and Harley Williamson. Williamson, who earned his first start of the season, collected four points, seven boards and three blocked shots. King finished with four points and five rebounds.
The Aces shot 17-20 from the free-throw line and 5-11 from beyond the arc.
On Saturday the Aces play another set of Cougars, when they take on perennial state power Harrisburg at the Harrisburg Hoop Fest, presented by Hoop Group. The game will be televised live on Comcast Cn8. For more information on the event, click here.