History permeated throughout the Main Gym on Tuesday night. Not only was it Senior Night and the final regular season game on the historic home court, but junior Greg Robbins became the eighth male in Aces history to join the exclusive 1,000 point club. Robbins scored his milestone bucket in the first quarter and tallied 13 points and eight rebounds on the game to lead the Aces in a 51-39 win over Penncrest. He now has 1,012 career points and joins Kobe Bryant as the only other player in program history to reach the thousand point plateau before his senior year.
The game began as a defensive struggle as Penncrest led the Aces 2-0 until an Oliver Cohen (3 pts, 3 assists) trey with four minutes left on the first quarter clock. The quarter ended in a 5-5 tie, but the Aces would reorganize in the second frame and gradually build a double-digit lead that the Lions would never overcome. The Aces defense was airtight; Penncrest managed just 12 first-half points and Lions sniper Tim Brown was held scoreless by relentless perimeter pressure from Carl Johnson (12 points). Harley Williamson netted seven points and led the Aces with nine rebounds. Also scoring for the Aces were Ben Lucas (6 pts), Andrew King (4 pts), Galloway Green (2 pts), Eric Stahler (2 pts, 4 assists, 5 rebounds) and Steve Meehan (2 pts, 4 rebounds). Every member of the team got into the game and Aces Nation called for and received “Tobi Time,” referring to popular senior reserve guard Tobi Ajirotutu. The Aces led by as many as 19 late in the fourth quarter.
The Aces honored eight seniors in a pre-game ceremony, including Ajirotutu, Kevin Escott, Green, Johnson, King, Lucas, Green and three-year manager Matt Lachs. A deep, talented group, the Class of 2008 continues to make significant contributions to Aces basketball.
The Aces conclude the regular season with a visit to Radnor this Thursday (7:30 PM) and a Saturday showdown at Villanova against Ridley (5 PM).
Game notes: Tuesday Night was Next Level youth basketball night at Lower Merion...JV player JJ Hoffstein became the first fan this year to win an iPod in the Huntington Learning Center Halftime Halfcourt Shootout...The very first "official" Kobe Bryant/Lower Merion/Nike jersey was made available for raffle at Tuesday's game, with proceeds benefiting Coaches v. Cancer. To date, the Aces have raised more than $3K for the cause -- tops in the Central League.