A's Bounce Back in Incredible Road Victory over Lightning, Win 106-103
The Orangeville A's (5-15) took to the road once again to match up against their Central Division rivals, the London Lightning (17-7). The A's are still looking to break their recent nine game losing streak, hoping to find luck against the top placing team in the NBLC.
Orangeville appeared to be dialled in on offence early on, showing a fluid attack from long range. A's players Munks and Amardi hit early 3's for the A's to take a 6-2 lead over the Lightning with 8:57 remaining in the 1st. It was apparent early in the game that the A's were clicking tonight, sinking five 3's in the 1st quarter alone, off an incredible 63% team 3PT shooting. The A's also played better on both sides of the ball tonight, after giving up the first bucket of the game they led the charge for the rest of the 1st quarter. Orangeville appeared to have a fresh offensive approach today and finished the 1st quarter with an 8 point lead over London, 29-21.
After a fast paced 1st quarter, both teams started relatively flat and combined for only 3 points during the first 3 minutes of the quarter (29-24). Despite starting the 2nd slowly, Orangeville was able to maintain a lead over London for the entire 2nd quarter of play. Orangeville continued to hold strong and brought the lead to 6 points with 6:59 remaining in the quarter, 34-29. The excellent shooting of A's guard Louis Munks helped the A's lead rise to 10 with 4:59 to play in the half (43-33). Munks contributed 17 points by half and went 4/6 from 3PT, leading all scorers after two quarters. The A's also pulled a lot of their success during the 2nd quarter from their attention to defense, holding the London Lightning to only 37% shooting during the first 24 minutes of play. Orangeville managed to finish the 2nd quarter with their largest lead of the game so far, 58-47 over the Lightning.
The 3rd quarter began evenly for both teams, with each team trading several buckets back and forth. After London went on a small run during the 3rd quarter, they were able to trim the lead back down to 7 points, bringing the total to 64-57 with 7:26 remaining in the quarter. After another string of successful possessions Orangeville raised the lead to 13 points and their largest of the game once again, 70-57 with 5:33 remaining in the 3rd. The Orangeville A's definitely impressed tonight with their resilience and fight on the road, partially in part due to the fantastic performances of A's forward Flen Whitfield and guard Louis Munks, who combined for 48 points tonight. Orangeville let their lead dwindle to only 6 points near the end of the 3rd, seeing London bring the tally to 78-72 with 2:31 to play in the quarter. Following an Orangeville timeout they were able to tighten their defensive efforts and lift the lead back to 13 points during the last minute of the 3rd quarter, 86-73. However, a few late quarter buckets for the Lightning brought the lead down to 9 points to finish the quarter, leaving the score at 86-77 after 3 quarters.
After a red hot performance throughout the first three quarters of the game, The A's offence appeared to dry out during the beginning of the 4th quarter. Unfortunately for the A's, a string of turnovers led to the London Lightning going on a 6 point run to start the quarter, leaving the score at 86-83 with 7:27 remaining in the game. It wasn't before long that the Lightning were able to take their first lead of the 2nd half, leading 92-88 over Orangeville with 5:47 to play in the 4th quarter. The A's weren't prepared to give up easy to London, and battled closely with the Lightning for the rest of the 4th quarter. Orangeville managed to tie the game once again 93-93 with 3:32 to play in the 4th. Both teams provided an exciting and competitive 4th quarter for the London Lightning home crowd, seeing the A's put up one of their strongest performances of the entire year. Orangeville managed to tie the game late, with both teams at 98-98 (1:50 remaining) and 100-100 (0:42 remaining), before taking a last minute lead of 102-100 with only 27 seconds of play remaining. After a pair of clutch free throws by A's forward Richard Amardi and a desperation 3 pointer by London, Orangeville had possession of the ball with 5.3 seconds on the clock and a 1 point lead, 104-103. The last trip for Amardi at the line would eventually seal the deal, leaving the total score at 106-103 for the Orangeville A's.
Orangeville poured in a season high of 18 team 3 pointers tonight on 41% shooting, marking a season record for the A's. After securing a win on the road against the top team in the National Basketball League of Canada, the A's will be able to head home with some positive momentum for their next contest. Orangeville will have little time to rest from their game tonight however as they will be taking on the Windsor Express tomorrow at home, on March 6th, 2016. For more information on how to get tickets of your own or how to stay updated on everything A's, head to asbasketball.ca or NBLCanada.ca for all the details!
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NEXT HOME GAME IS TOMORROW!
Orangeville A's vs. Windsor Express
3:00 PM - Sunday, March 6th, 2016
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