Aces cruise in State opener; 2nd round game Wednesday

Back to News List | Posted on Mar 11th, 2006

Dear Friends of Lower Merion Basketball,

With a convincing opening-round win against Edison on Saturday, the Aces advance to the PIAA Sweet 16 and another re-match with Central League rival Springfield. The game will be played Wednesday at 7 PM at Norristown HS. Tickets are now available in the LMHS athletic office ($3 students/$6 adults) and will be on sale 8:30 AM - 3 PM Monday and Tuesday and 8:30 AM - 1 PM on Wednesday. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the doors on Wednesday. Fan buses are also available for $2/passenger. To sign up, visit or call the athletic office (610-645-1820).

The Aces and Cougars have already battled to the wire three times this year, splitting games in the regular season series, and facing each other in District play (in a game won by Lower Merion 57-50 at Springfield). The Aces advanced to the District Finals, while the Cougars earned their State seeding by winning two games in the consolation bracket.

All Aces fans are encouraged to wear maroon to the game - a limited number of maroon Aces Nation t-shirts are available for $5 in the athletic office. Wednesday is a huge night and we need your support! Thanks for all of your emails and words of encouragement to date. If you would like to send a message to the team to be posted in the locker room on Wednesday, please email me at this address. The kids definitely appreciate it!!

Game Recap:

The Aces cruised to a 77-53 win in their State Playoff Opener against Edison on Saturday afternoon at Spring Ford HS. Jon Gray scored a season-high 16 pts and collected 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the winning effort. Ryan Brooks finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Garrett Williamson (13 pts, 7 boards, 3 blocks) and Ernest Moore (10 points, 3 assists) also reached double figures. Relying on its depth, Lower Merion went to the bench early and often, with 12 players making contributions on the floor.

The Aces broke the game open early in the 2nd, using a 15-2 run to start the quarter and finishing the half up 37-21. Highlights of the game included a spectacular alley-oop from Eric Barefield to Garrett Williamson and three charges taken by Ernest Moore. The Aces led by double digits throughout, using their size, athleticism and transition game to bolster the margin. Lower Merion finished with 11 blocked shots on the day and outscored Edison 16-2 in fastbreak points.

Box Score

  • Lower Merion 15 22 16 24 - 77
  • Edison High 13 8 14 18 - 53

LM: Eric Barefield 6, Ryan Brooks 17, Jon Gray 16, Peter Lucas 6, Steve Meehan 3, Ernest Moore 10, Eric Stahler 2, Arian Thompson 4, Garrett Williamson 13.

E: George Baker 18, Daniel Dorman 4, Daniel Johnson 10, Marcellus Mann 4, Fabian Pena 6, Roberto Serrano 2, Jakyle Young 4