Following two comfortable wins against Central League opponents, the Aces (13-1) head west to Erie, PA for the nation?s top four-team tournament, the Burger King Classic. LM will face its third nationally-ranked opponent of the season, ESPN #21/MaxPreps #15 Bishop O?Connell (VA) at 7 PM on Friday evening. The Knights (15-1) feature serious Division 1 talent up and down the lineup.
Rounding out the field are Philadelphia?s Imhotep Charter (ranked #1 in PA Class 3A) and the host squad, Erie Cathedral Prep (ranked #5 in PA). The event, now in its 30th season, is held at Gannon University?s Hammermill Center. Follow Aces Basketball on Facebook and @aceshoops on Twitter for complete updates throughout the weekend.
The Week in Review
On Saturday, the Aces cruised to a 74-43 win over Strath Haven. LM drained nine threes in the victory. BJ Johnson '13 (16 points) and Justin McFadden '14 (10 points) led a balanced attack that saw 11 Aces enter the scoring column. Following the game, the Aces quickly made their way to Harriton to cheer on Rams star and friend from the neighborhood, Matt Sherman, as he scored his 1,000th point in a win over Delco Christian.
The Aces continued their winning ways on Tuesday, beating Springfield 66-48. LM jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead, then expanded the margin to 23 points by halftime. Nine players scored, led by BJ (14 points), JaQuan Johnson '14 (13 points) and Yohanny Dalembert '13 (12 points).
On Thursday, the Aces announced that BJ Johnson earned a nomination for the 2013 McDonald?s All American Game. This is an honor reserved for the nation?s top high school basketball players. BJ, headed to Syracuse next season, is the first Aces player to land on the list since Greg Robbins in 2009.
LM?s JV and 9th grade teams have been on a tear of late. The JV squad is now 10-3 after winning eight out of their last nine games. Leading the way are forwards Jake Thompson ?15, Oliver Henry ?14 and guards Spencer Kopp ?15, Geoff Kao ?15 and Alex Kopp ?14. For the freshmen, KJ Helton ?16 has helped propel the Aces to an 8-0 start. In a 39-37 victory over Springfield on Tuesday, Helton led the way with 25 points. Last week, Helton scored LM?s final 16 points in a 39-38 overtime win against Upper Darby.