The Aces dominated the glass and cruised past Dover 65-41 on Saturday afternoon in round one of the PIAA AAAA state tournament at Spring Ford High.
LM outrebounded the Eagles 41-18 and recorded ten blocked shots in the win. Darryl Reynolds '12 was a one-man wrecking crew, collecting a team-high 17 rebounds to go along with 14 points and seven blocks.
The Aces also did damage from the perimeter, knocking down a season-high eight three-pointers. BJ Johnson '13 hit four treys and led all scorers with 19 points. Every member of the LM roster saw time during the game and eight Aces entered the scoring column. Raheem Hall '13 finished with a team-high seven assists.Dover stayed within striking distance for much of the first half, using a 5-0 run at the end of the first frame to draw within four at 15-11. Both teams traded buckets through the first four minutes of the second quarter, before the Aces finally began to pull away. LM led 34-23 at halftime and outscored the Eagles 40-19 over the last 20 minutes of the contest. A three by Justin McFadden '14 sparked a 14-2 third quarter blitz which gave LM its first 20-point advantage and effectively put the game out of reach. The Aces' reserves played much of the final frame and limited Dover to just seven fourth quarter points.
LM's defense was impressive for most of the contest. The Eagles, normally a sharp-shooting team from beyond the arc, connected on just three three-pointers in the game -- all in the first half. LM's guards harassed Dover with full-court pressure and LM's imposing front line provided a less-than-friendly welcome anytime an Eagle entered the lane.
During one third-quarter sequence, Reynolds came from the weak-side to block a Dover layup attempt, controlled the ball in mid-air, and then threw a pinpoint outlet to Hall who found a streaking JaQuan Johnson '14 for a layup. The Aces set up their press and forced Dover into two straight turnovers, which they converted with a Hall lay-up and trey by Mike Robbins '13.
LM simply had too much fire power for the Eagles, a quality team that had one of its best seasons in program history.
The Aces now turn their full attention to the round of 16 and a re-match with Catholic League power Roman Catholic on Wednesday night (time/location TBD). The Cahillites, who knocked off Parkland on Saturday, beat the Aces 78-75 in double overtime in the first game of the season.
Information regarding Wednesday's game will be posted on aceshoops.com as soon as it becomes available.
LM 15 19 20 11 - 65
D 11 12 11 7 - 41
Scoring: Dalembert 4, Sherman 3, Reynolds 14, McFadden 3, R. Johnson 19, J. Johnson 8, Hall 8, Robbins 6