Alon Seltzer '10 scored a career-high 21 points on Monday night
By Steve Mandelbaum
The Aces returned home from their opener at the Norristown Triangle Club Tournament with a result that was tough to swallow. As time expired, junior guard Oliver Cohen put up a last gasp, desperation three-pointer with a hand in his face in an attempt to somehow, some way, tie the game for the Maroon & White. Following the theme of the contest, however, LM's prayers were answered not by cheers, a celebration, or the sweet swish of nylon, but instead by the cruel sound of a ball clanking off of iron. Considering that the Aces' opponent, Germantown Academy, shot a blistering 8-11 from beyond the arc and 71% from the floor overall, it's almost unbelievable that the game came down to a final possession.
Down by 10 points at the end of the first half (36-26), the Aces needed something to make this drubbing look more like a game; judging by the listless crowd, most everyone thought the Aces were down and out. Things looked especially grim at the start of the third quarter, with GA surging to an 18 point advantage. Perhaps the players caught Coach Gregg Downer's halftime speech on tape delay or maybe they got the message in a time-out, but about halfway through the third quarter, they began to display an intensity that had been missing up to that point. The Aces came back swinging, and matched Germantown Academy point-for-point in the frame. They sustained their run in the fourth quarter, led by Greg Robbins (25 points), Alon Seltzer (career-high 21 points) and a spark off the bench by Marquise Hall, who contributed all eight of his points in the second half. With two minutes to play in the fourth, the Aces tied the game on a pair of Harley Williamson (13 points) free-throws. But LM was unable to take the lead. A late GA turnover gave the Aces one last chance to tie, but the Patriots' defense held to seal the game.
Lower Merion will need to step its game up for a consolation match-up against Souderton on Tuesday; tip-off is 6:30 PM at Norristown High School.
Lower Merion 11 15 21 27 – 71
Germantown Academy 16 20 21 20 – 74
LM: Greg Robbins 25, Alon Seltzer 21, Harley Williamson 13, Marquise Hall 8, Vince Weldon 4.
GA: Jeff Holton 25, Jack McDonnell 15, Cameron Ayers 14, Dean Melchionni 9, Austin Curry 8, Peter Haines 2.