Ready for lift-off: Aces crush Academy Park 91-58 in playoff opener

Back to News List | Posted on Feb 9th, 2008
The Aces bench reacts to a dunk by Aaron Staley '10 in the closing seconds of Friday's game

The Aces started the 2008 playoffs with a bang, dominating Academy Park 91-58 on Friday night at the Main Gym. LM placed 11 players in the scoring column, led by Carl Johnson (21 pts), Greg Robbins (19 pts), Steve Meehan (15 pts) and Eric Stahler (10 pts). The 91 points were the most scored by the Aces in more than a decade.

Robbins and Stahler opened the scoring for the Aces with consecutive three-pointers and LM never looked back. A 39-14 halftime margin grew to 30 points in the 3rd frame as the Aces cruised to victory.

LM knocked down 11 three-pointers on the night and blitzed the Knights with pressure defense, unselfish play and a deadly fast-break. In the waning seconds of the game, sophomore Aaron Staley delivered the nightcapper, rising up for a thunderous dunk off a feed from Oliver Cohen. The play, which accounted for Staley's first career varsity points, sent the raucous home crowd into a full-blown frenzy.

Friday night was made even more special by the presence of nearly 60 Main Gym alumni who were in the house to celebrate the final season of the venerable gymnasium. Halftime festivities included an on-court ceremony honoring the 1976 and 1978 District championship teams. During the first quarter, Aces Nation welcomed back Billy Holland, an all-league guard who led the team to its first Central League title in 1967-68.

On Tuesday night the Aces will play their final game ever in the Main Gym as they take on Council Rock South at 7 PM in the state qualifying round of the District playoffs. Council Rock South was an upset winner over Conestoga in round one.

Additional coverage of the Aces' big win against Academy Park, including video highlights and photos will be posted on Saturday.