By Sam Oshtry '19
The Aces picked up a 64-52 road win over a tough, physical Upper Darby team on Tuesday night.
LM built an early lead, pushing the ball in transition and scoring from inside and out. The Aces held a 16-8 advantage after one quarter and continued their strong play in the second frame. LM allowed no easy baskets and forced nine Upper Darby turnovers during one of their better first-half defensive performances of the season. At halftime, LM led 32-20.
Despite a few small Upper Darby runs, LM controlled the game throughout the second half and led by as many as 18 before Upper Darby closed the gap to ten in the fourth. The Aces would eventually put the game away at the free throw line en route to a 12-point victory.
Matt OConnor 19 came up big off the bench for the Aces, knocking down four three-pointers and scoring a career high 14 points. Terrell Jones 17 led all scorers with 22 points, while Steve Payne 19 poured in 13 points. LM received solid contributions from a deep bench, as nine total players got on the scoreboard, including Josh Martin 19, Sean Ryan 17, Khadafy Bilal 17, Noah Fennell 17, Jack Forrest 19 and Theo Henry 19.
In what can be a difficult place to play, the Aces never seemed fazed, staying focused as they picked up an important win against the resilient Royals.
The Aces have a quick turnaround, returning to action Thursday night against Springfield in the KBG. Tip-off is 7 PM.