Aces top St. Joe's Prep 67-55 to win Kobe Bryant Classic; head into New Year 7-1

Back to News List | Posted on Dec 30th, 2012
The Aces used a 23-8 fourth quarter to surge past St. Joe's Prep in the final of the Kobe Bryant Classic.
The Aces used a fourth quarter surge to take control of a tight game and beat St. Joe's Prep 67-55 in the final of the Kobe Bryant Classic. Yohanny Dalembert '13 earned game MVP honors, tallying 17 points, 21 rebounds and 7 blocks. Dalembert's interior defense helped keep the Hawks in check until the Aces' offense got going in the second half. Down 47-43 after three, LM outscored St. Joe's Prep 23-8 in the final frame to take the victory. BJ Johnson '13 had 19 points to lead all scorers. Raheem Hall '13 and JaQuan Johnson '14 added 12 each and Justin McFadden '14 had 7 points to pace the Aces' attack.

The Aces did their best to hold Prep's talented backcourt tandem of Notre Dame-bound Steve Vasturia and Wake Forest-bound Miles Overton in check. Vasturia finished with 15 points and Overton had 9 points, both well below their season averages.

Saturday's highly-anticipated match-up was delayed just prior to tip-off due to a brief lighting malfunction. When the lights came back on, LM and Prep delivered quite a show for the fans that packed every seat of the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium. Both teams came into the came ranked among the top five in Southeastern PA and they played toe-to-toe for most of the contest. The lead changed hands nine times before the fourth quarter, though Prep held the lead at each of the first three quarter breaks. Neither team held a lead of more than 7 points. LM used its size and solid free throw shooting to finally break away late.

With the win, the Aces head into the New Year 7-1 with consecutive quality victories over a nationally-ranked opponent (St. Frances, MD) and a state-title contender in St. Joe's Prep. LM returns to action January 3rd at Upper Darby.