Matt McKenna '11 drives past an Upper Darby defender
Despite a furious fourth quarter comeback, the Aces fell short in a 59-50 loss at Upper Darby Tuesday night. LM, playing again without a number of key personnel, kept things close in the first quarter, finishing the frame with a 14-10 deficit. Capitalizing on turnovers and cold shooting, the Royals extended the lead and took a 13 point advantage into halftime.
The Aces came out in the third quarter with signs of life. Greg Robbins (22 points, 5 rebounds) had two emphatic dunks, one coming in the closing seconds of the third quarter, to keep LM, and an impressive Aces road crowd in the game. Matt McKenna (8 points, 3 assists) provided a spark off the bench, helping to energize the Aces in the 2nd half. Early in the fourth, McKenna hit a deep three from the corner to narrow the gap to single digits for the first time since the first quarter. The Aces continued to chip away; after a Royals basket, Robbins nailed a three to make the score 51-45 with less than four minutes to play. The Aces had their chances down the stretch, but could not convert from the perimeter. The Royals used free throws to seal the game.
Oliver Cohen (9 points), Alon Seltzer (7 points, 4 rebounds), Mike Joseph (2 points) and Vince Weldon (2 points) rounded out the scoring for LM. Junior JJ Hoffstein earned his first career start.
The Aces look to get on the winning track as they travel to Garnet Valley this Friday; tip-off is 7:30 pm.