Sophomores lead the way as Lower Merion tops Springfield

By Zach Drapkin

When you play a schedule as tough as Lower Merion’s, giving underclassmen major minutes requires a certain confidence.

LM head coach Gregg Downer must be extremely confident this season, because he’s implemented a rotation featuring half a dozen sophomores.

Downer’s six sophomores came into the year with big expectations, and so far, they’ve stepped right up to the task, starting with 6-4 wing Jack Forrest and 6-1 guard Steve Payne.

Forrest and Payne, both starters, have emerged as key playmakers for the Aces after seeing minimal minutes during their freshman seasons.

“I’m really close with Steve, always have been, and it’s been a great two years,” Forrest said. “We’re really close and we’re working well together.”

The duo was certainly firing on all cylinders on Thursday night, powering Lower Merion to a key 69-57 victory over Springfield in Central League play.

Sophomores accounted for all but 22 of LM’s 69 points in the win.

“We really needed to perform tonight, we needed to step it up, and I think we did that tonight to get that win,” Forrest said.

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