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15 Things to Know About the Aces' State Championship Game

Patch will cover Saturday night's action live.

's boys' basketball team will play District 1 rival Chester for the state championship Saturday night in State College. Here are 15 things fans need to know about the game, provided by AcesHoops.com, the and the PIAA

  1. Aces-Clippers is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, but the AAAA boys' title bout is the fourth game of the day at the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State campus. Single-A girls play at noon, followed by AA boys at 2 p.m. and AAA girls at 6 p.m. The other four championship games are scheduled for Friday.
  2. As has happened several times during the Aces' playoff run, Patch will be posting real-time game reporting, commentary and photos and inviting readers to do the same. Check back for more details.
  3. The game will be televised live and replayed at 1:30 a.m. Sunday by Pennsylvania Cable Network; check local listings. Also, LiveSportsVideo.com will show PCN's footage live online for a fee of $5.99.
  4. Any remaining game tickets for students are available for $4 until noon Friday.
  5. Non-students can buy $8 tickets at the arena, or reserve a $50 bus-and-ticket package by emailing Elise Cotler at eliseg62@aol.com.
  6. Lower Merion High School will hold a pep rally at 2 p.m. Friday, covered for Patch by .
  7. The team bus will depart LMHS at 1 p.m. Saturday. The trip is estimated to take about three and a half hours.
  8. will report for Patch from the arena in State College.
  9. Some Aces fans making the trip but not attending the game are planning to congregate at Inferno Brick Oven & Bar in State College, starting at 3:30 p.m.
  10. Anyone with photos that feature Aces gear or photos from games is invited to post them .
  11. Lower Merion has won 29 of its 32 games. Chester has won all 31.
  12. Chester has averaged 78 points a game in the playoffs while allowing 47.5. Lower Merion has averaged 69.25 while allowing 48.
  13. The last time Lower Merion and Chester played each other was for the District 1 crown three weeks ago. .
  14. The last time Lower Merion and Chester played each other for the state championship was in 2005; Chester won, 74-61.
  15. The next year, in 2006, Lower Merion beat Schenley, 60-58, for its most recent state championship. Chester won last year's state championship.
Amanda Mahnke March 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
A sign on the door at LMHS this afternoon said that adult tickets for the game are sold out!

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