The Aces hung tough, but couldn't overcome Conestoga in a 63-57 defeat. After trailing 5-0 at the start, LM rallied to take a 13-10 lead and traded buckets with the Pioneers through the first part of the second quarter. The Aces set the tone by pounding the ball inside to Jeremy Horn '16 (17 points) and limited the usually hot-shooting Pioneers to just two treys through the first 12 minutes of play. But LM's offense went cold late in the half and Conestoga took advantage, using a 13-2 surge -- punctuated by a three at the buzzer -- to build a ten-point margin at intermission.
Again the Aces rallied, drawing to within a point mid-way through the third quarter behind aggressive defensive play and early buckets by Noah Fennell '17, Terrell Jones '17, KJ Helton '16 and Dion Harris '17. The Pioneers answered with consecutive threes and again LM's march was thwarted. Down seven heading at the start of the final frame, the Aces chipped away. Trailing 47-44 with just over four minutes to play, it appeared the Aces had finally broken through. Harris attacked the rim for a layup and appeared to have been fouled for an and-one opportunity. But an offensive foul was called and the Pioneers drilled a three on the other end. The six-point swing provided a final margin that the Aces could not overcome.
Due to the threat of winter weather, yesterday's game was moved up by three hours to 3:30 PM creating a tough turnaround for both teams and limiting what might have been a big Friday night crowd. Credit both teams for putting forth a strong effort, with playoff-like intensity despite the conditions.
The Aces return to action on Tuesday night at Strath Haven. Tip-off is 7 PM.