Just a night removed from their best win of the season to date, the Aces took their game to yet another level on Tuesday. LM exploded out of the gates on a 24-6 run and never looked back in a 70-50 victory over host JP McCaskey to win the McCaskey Holiday Classic.
Terrell Jones '17 (21 points) was one of four Aces to reach double-figures in scoring. Dion Harris '17 added a carer-high 16 points to go along with ten rebounds. Jeremy Horn '16 scored all ten of his points in a dominant first quarter. Noah Fennell '17 had 12 points, including two treys. KJ Helton '16 continued his fine play, contributing ten points and seven assists and effectively locking up McCaskey's top offensive threat, Kobe Gantz. Gantz, averaging more than 21 points on the season, netted just twelve, with six coming late in the fourth after the game had long been decided. LM held the Red Tornado to a season-low point tally, more than 20 points below their 71 points per game average.
It was the second consecutive win over a traditional District 3 powerhouse. On Monday night, the Aces defeated defending District 3 champ York High 58-55. On Tuesday, the Aces took down an 8-1 McCaskey team that went to the 2015 state semifinals. In both games, LM played as if they were the more experienced bunch, executing on both ends of the floor and finding contributions from multiple players.
Tuesday's win was particularly sweet as the Aces' fine play kept a standing-room only home crowd silenced for almost the entire game. At one point in the third quarter as the Aces extended the lead to 31 points, the only noise that could be heard was the squeaking of sneakers and applause from the Aces' bench and family section. A 9-2 McCaskey run to start the fourth was answered with two emphatic dunks from Harris and a deep three from Fennell. The Aces' guards played keep away for much of the rest of the frame forcing McCaskey to overplay and foul. Jones cashed in at the free throw line and Helton, Fennell and Zack Magill '16 dribbled out the clock, putting McCaskey and the crowd out of its misery.
Jones earned tournament MVP and Harris earned all-tournament honors. A case could have been made for nearly every Ace that took the floor over the two-day stretch in Lancaster. LM quite simply played its best basketball of the season and did it as a team.