The Aces (20-2) will take on Ridley (17-6) in the Central League finals on Monday night at 8 PM at Marple Newtown High School. All tickets for the game are $5.
LM scored a bye in the Central League playoffs by virtue of an undefeated regular season. Second-seeded Ridley topped #3 Upper Darby 64-34 in the semifinals to earn a trip to the title game.The Aces beat Ridley 69-39 last week in their only matchup of the season. Last year, the Aces defeated Upper Darby 72-31 to claim their 16th Central League championship. LM is seeking its first back-to-back titles since 2002.
A large crowd is expected on Monday night and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Dawg Pound members driving to the game will be gathering at 7:00 PM in the LMHS bus circle to caravan to the game.
The Aces concluded the regular season in strong fashion, hammering Radnor 72-37 on Tuesday. Yohanny Dalembert '13 had a spectacular night, notching a career high 28 points and 17 rebounds. In his first-ever start, Corey Sherman '15 shot 3-3 from beyond the arc en route to 13 points. The Aces reached the 20-win mark in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since 1996.
Earlier in the week, the Aces pounded Ridley 69-39. LM led 39-13 at halftime and outscored the Green Raiders 22-8 over the final ten minutes of the game. BJ Johnson '13 (19 points), Raheem Hall '13 (14 points) and Dalembert (12 points, 10 rebounds) led the Aces attack. Johnson had the defensive highlight of the night, racing from mid-court for a soaring block of a Ridley layup attempt. Johnson was nearly 20 feet away when the ball was leaving the Ridley player's hand.
Last Friday, the Aces drilled a season-high 11 three-pointers and cruised to an 80-48 victory over Springfield on Senior Night. Johnson (19 points) and Hall (14 points) led all scorers. Twelve Aces entered the scoring column. Prior to the game, Aces Nation honored the team's ten outstanding seniors and their parents. Nine of LM's ten seniors scored; all made meaningful contributions in victory. Photos from Senior Night are now posted on the Aces Basketball Facebook page.The PIAA District 1 Playoffs begin this Friday night. Seedings and pairings have yet to be determined. More information to follow later this week.