Oliver Cohen '10 had a team-high three steals in the Aces' defense-oriented win
By Steve Mandelbaum
It wasn’t a masterpiece, but the Aces took care of business in a 61-45 victory over visiting Strath Haven on Wednesday night. The Panthers had no answer for Lower Merion’s stifling defense and the Aces were seemingly able to score at will, snaking their way to the basket time and time again. Nevertheless, it was a sloppy game, with fouls and turnovers in no short supply for both teams. The Maroon & White capitalized on many of their opportunities, though, and were able to control tempo and the scoreboard from the outset.
The Aces were forced to deal with Haven’s talented Division 1 prospect Calvin Newell, but found themselves up to the challenge. Senior Vince Weldon and a committee of others played hard-nosed defense on and off the ball on the talented senior guard, limiting Newell’s production until he left the game midway through the fourth quarter. Newell managed to put up a team-high 22 points, but fell nine points short of his gaudy 31 ppg season average. For Lower Merion, senior Greg Robbins netted a game-high 23 and punctuated his performance with a put-back dunk as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. Senior Harley Williamson added 14 points.
Nine Aces scored on the night, including junior guard Conor Foote, who recently returned from injury and enjoyed his first significant time on the court this season. Junior Aaron Staley also found himself above the rim for the Aces, grabbing ten rebounds and jamming home a spectacular tip dunk off an offensive rebound in the second quarter. Junior guard Oliver Cohen led the team with three steals.
The Aces head to Penncrest for a marquee Friday night match-up. The Lions are 11-1 Tip-off is 7:30 PM.
Lower Merion 18 18 10 15 – 61
Strath Haven 12 11 11 11 – 45
LM: Greg Robbins 23, Harley Williamson 14, Alon Seltzer 6, Oliver Cohen 4, Aaron Staley 4, Mike Joseph 3, Vince Weldon 3, Conor Foote 2, Matt McKenna 2.