Alon Seltzer '10 and fellow members of the Class of 2010 keyed the Aces' 55-47 Senior Night win against Ridley on Monday.
By Brady McHale and Luis Aguayo
The Aces led from start to finish in a 55-47 Senior Night victory against Ridley on Monday. The nine members of the Class of 2010, accompanied by their parents, received a standing ovation during a pre-game recognition ceremony and earned additional, extended applause for their on-court performance. The Aces' upperclassmen accounted for all but four of the team's 55 total points.
LM dominated play in the first quarter, using full-court defensive pressure to key a 9-0 run and an 18-7 lead heading into the second frame. Alon Seltzer '10 scored seven of his team-high 22 points in the quarter to help set the tone.
Ridley hung tough in the second quarter, but the Aces maintained their lead thanks to the inspired play of Xavion Walls '10, who finished the half with 8 points and four rebounds. (Walls added two more baskets to finish with a career-high 12 points.) The Aces forced 12 Ridley turnovers through the first two quarters.
The Aces extended a 28-20 halftime lead to as many as 16 points in the third quarter. Oliver Cohen '10 and Matt McKenna '11 ignited the Aces' transition game, finding Seltzer and Aaron Staley '10 for repeated fastbreak opportunities. Cohen finished with a team-high eight assists, including a sparkling feed to Staley for a dunk that brought a healthy home crowd to its feet. Staley had another emphatic slam in the fourth quarter off a McKenna assist and finished with six points and a game-high six rebounds.
LM led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before Ridley made a late run to narrow the gap to eight. Seltzer nailed four consecutive free throws down the stretch to deter a Green Raiders comeback.
McKenna (4 points) and seniors David Ancona-Cole (4 points) and Conor Foote (3 points) rounded out the scoring. Also seeing action for the Aces were Darius Hall '11, Mike Block '10, JJ Hoffstein '10 and Guy Mentel '10.
The Aces conclude the regular season at Haverford High on Tuesday night at 5 PM (gametime changed from 7:30 PM due to the threat of snow.) With the win on Monday, the Aces clinched the top seed and a first-round home game in the Central League playoffs, which begin Thursday night.