By Sam Oshtry '19
The Aces got back to their winning ways in dominating fashion on Thursday night, beating Radnor 59-41. The Aces trailed 17-12 after the first quarter, but outscored the Raiders 47-24 the rest of the way.
LM's third quarter performance was perhaps its most dominating eight minutes of basketball all season. Playing with energy and enthusiasm, LM erupted on a 19-4 run keyed by threes from Steve Payne '19, Jack Forrest '19 and Matt O'Connor '19 and a breakaway dunk from Terrell Jones '17.
The Aces picked up where they left off to start the fourth, holding Radnor scoreless in the period for more than five minutes and extending their lead to as many as 21 points. LM displayed tenacious defense throughout the second half, allowing just 12 Radnor points over the final two periods.
Payne finished with a team-high 17 points. Jones (13 points) and Forrest (11 points) also reached double figures. Senior Khadafy Bilal provided a lift on the interior, notching a career-high eight points and hauling in a team-high five rebounds. LM also received strong contributions from O'Connor, Sean Ryan '17, Najja Walker-X '17, Noah Fennell '17, Theo Henry '19, Jared Robinson '18 and Harrison Klevan '18.
Next up for the Aces is a match-up with District 3 power Harrisburg at the Parkland holiday classic on Tuesday, December 27.