Alon Seltzer '10 led all scorers with 18 points in the Aces' victory on Friday night
By Brady McHale
Oliver Cohen '10 came up with a steal with the game on the line and knocked down two free throws in the closing seconds as the Aces hung on to beat Springfield 43-40 on Friday night. The Cougars battled back from a ten-point third-quarter deficit and had the ball down 41-40 with 6.3 seconds to play, but Cohen stripped the Cougars' ballhandler as he drove to the basket and was immediately fouled. The senior guard coolly sank his foul shots to seal the final margin.
In the early going it appeared the Aces' trip down the Blue Route would be smooth sailing. Alon Seltzer '10, who led all scorers with 18 points and was a perfect 6-6 from the field, connected on three first-half treys and helped the Aces open up a 12 point advantage late in the second quarter. He was joined by teammate Aaron Staley '10 (14 points, 5 rebounds), who helped establish the Aces' inside game, converting on two layups and a dunk in the half. But the talented Cougars, who entered the game with five straight victories, including league wins against Ridley, Conestoga and Upper Darby, would make a 17-9 third quarter run to narrow the score at 36-34 heading into the final frame.
Another Seltzer three-pointer gave the Aces a five-point cushion early in the fourth. Each time Springfield drew close, the Aces seemed to find a way to keep the Cougars at bay. Staley added another dunk and David Ancona-Cole '10 had a critical putback on an offensive rebound. On the defensive end, LM limited Springfield to just six points in the final frame. Still, Springfield kept it close, leading to the dramatic finish.
Cohen finished with just five points on the night, but he scored them when it mattered most. His first quarter trey provided the Aces' first points and his clutch free throws iced the victory. Cohen also contributed four assists and three steals.
Off the bench, Mike Buchwald '11 contributed four points. Also seeing action were Matt McKenna '11. Mike Robbins '12, Darius Hall '11, Conor Foote '10, Eric Green '11 and JJ Hoffstein '10.
It wasn't a masterpiece, but it was an important Central League road victory for the Aces. LM is back in action Saturday evening at Archbishop Carroll High School as they take on Reading as part of the Play-by-Play Kobe Bryant Classic at 5:30.