The Aces overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit and charged back to beat Haverford High 54-48 in overtime. With the Aces trailing 43-40 with a minute on the clock, Terrell Jones '17 buried a deep three-pointer to tie the game and ultimately force overtime. LM controlled the extra period and pulled away on strong free throw shooting by Jones, KJ Helton '16 and Zack Magill '16.
The Aces placed four players in double-figures, including Jones (21 points), Jeremy Horn '16 (12 points), Helton (10 points) and Magill (10 points). Horn finished one rebound shy of a double-double. Jones scored 14 points in the final frame.
It was the second straight overtime win for the Aces, who improve to 2-1 and 2-0 in the Central League.
Friday's game was LM's 2nd Annual Hope Classic benefiting the Angelman's Syndrome Foundation. Five years ago, Aces assistant coach Kevin Gruganís daughter, Hope, was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome (AS), a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one of every 15,000 live births. Characteristics of AS include developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures and walking and balance disorders.
Coach Grugan, with Hope by his side, opened the night with remarks to the crowd and an appreciation to all who came to support the cause. Hope is a beautiful and amazing girl and an inspiration to all who know her. Fridayís game honored her remarkable progress and raised critical funds and awareness for ASF, the largest non-governmental funder of AS specific research.