Alon Seltzer ’10 and the Aces open the District playoffs on Friday night at 7:30 PM at Bala Cynwyd Middle School.
For nearly three months, the Aces battled to stay atop the Central League standings, achieving a remarkable 15-1 regular season record and the program’s best league winning percentage since 2001. For the first time in years, and despite significant early season injuries, they swept all AAAA league opponents during the regular season and pulled out close games at home and on the road. Despite a tough 42-40 last-second loss to Ridley on Friday night, which will keep the Aces out of the Central League championship game, LM proved the experts wrong. The Aces weren’t listed as league contenders in a single preseason publication. For all but four seconds of the league season, they were at the head of the pack.
It is incredibly tough to beat a high-quality opponent three times in one season and twice in the same week and that’s what the Aces faced in their matchup with Ridley. Despite a valiant comeback that gave them their first lead of the game late in the fourth quarter, LM simply couldn’t hang on for a third time against the Green Raiders. The Aces had a chance to win in the closing seconds of regulation, but couldn’t convert and Ridley had just enough time to make a desperation floater at the buzzer to win. Alon Seltzer ’10 did his best to shoulder the load on a night, scoring a season-high 24 points on a night when points were at a premium. For the first time all season, only one player (Seltzer) reached double-digits in scoring.
With the conclusion of the league campaign, the Aces now turn their attention to the District playoffs and a Friday night match-up with Downingtown West. The Aces earned the 9th seed in the 32-team District 1 field and will host the Whippets at 7:30 PM at Bala Cynwyd Middle School.