The Aces withstood a late barrage of three-pointers and pulled out a 64-58 road victory against a tough Garnet Valley squad. LM led throughout, but the hot-shooting Jaguars made things interesting in the fourth quarter, rallying from a 13-point deficit to draw within three points. LM's strong free throw shooting down the stretch ultimately kept Garnet at bay. The Aces went 8-9 from the line in the final frame and 13-15 overall.
LM got off to a hot start behind the interior play of Jeremy Horn '16, who scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter. Horn was the beneficiary of excellent passing from Terrell Jones '17 and KJ Helton '16, who repeatedly fed the big man, combining for 14 assists. The Aces led by as many as ten in the opening period before Garnet rallied to draw within five at 18-13. LM pushed the margin to 13 in the second quarter and led 33-23 at halftime.
Garnet Valley battled back in the third behind senior guard and thousand-point scorer Andrew Louden, who sparked the Jaguars' shooting from deep. Though the Aces had continued success on the offensive end, they couldn't prevent Louden and his teammates from knocking down eight second-half treys.
In need of some stops and steady play, LM turned to seniors Eli Needle and Zack Magill who came off the bench to keep the Aces on course. Magill took an important charge on Louden and Needle collected a bucket, two assists and two rebounds in the final quarter. Noah Fennell '17 also delivered in the clutch, going for 15 of his 18 points in the second half, including a late trey in the fourth that helped stymie any chance of a Jaguars comeback. Jones closed the scoring on a transition dunk that sealed the final margin.
The Aces return to action on Friday night at home against Conestoga. Tip-off is 7 PM.