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A's Can't Overcome Mill Rats' Hot Shooting

February 18, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

On the heels of their 4th straight loss against the Island Storm (95-106), the Orangeville A's were looking to break their losing streak on the second last game of their East Coast road trip. The A's (5-10) entered tonight's matchup sitting 3rd in the Central Division, hoping to topple the Saint John Mill Rats (12-6), who respectively sit 2nd in the Eastern Division. Tonight marks the first of two scheduled contests between the teams, with their next game set for March 19th in Orangeville.

The game began early in Saint John's favour, seeing the Mill Rats hold a lead of 14-7 with 7:41 to play in the 1st quarter. Justin Moss (ORA) provided the first 7 Orangeville points, finishing with a total of 11 points in the quarter. Moss displayed his basketball IQ by not settling for jumpshots and providing some vital interior scoring for the A's. Shooting struggles continued to plague the A's throughout the 1st, with a team FG% of just 33% and 0% from 3-PT. Erik Copes had an emphatic block at the end of the quarter, providing a clear defensive spark for the A's. However, Saint John finished the 1st quarter with a 15 point lead, including a ridiculous seven 3-point FGs, 34-19.

From the start of the 2nd quarter the Mill Rats continued to apply the offensive pressure, holding at least a 12 point lead over the A's for the entire quarter. Despite the A's closing out on Mill Rat shooters, Saint John continued to score tough shots from deep, totalling 15 made 3's throughout the half! Mill Rats' JR Volcy went an impressive 5/5 from deep throughout the 1st half, with Saint John hitting 15/25 (60%) as a team. The Mill Rats' lead managed to reach as high as 24 points with 4:29 remaining, 59-35. After a barrage of 3 pointers by the Mill Rats, the lead skyrocketed to 76-41 with 0:46 to play. The 2nd quarter finally concluded with a 35 point Mill Rats lead, 78-43. One of the few bright spots for the A's was the efforts of Benn and Moss; who combined for 18 points and 10 rebounds as a pair through 24 minutes.

Flenard Whitfield finally managed to break the A's 3-pt drought with 10:23 remaining in the 3rd cutting the lead to 33, 81-48. Orangeville remained down 30+ for the entire duration of the 3rd quarter. Whitfield proved to be the strongest A's factor throughout the 3rd quarter, notching 11 points through 12 minutes. The Mill Rats' lead grew to 58 in the final minutes of the 3rd quarter, 117-59.

The 4th quarter of tonight's game continued to sway in favour of the Mill Rats, seeing Saint John reach an almost unfathomable 61 point lead with 9:34 remaining in the game, 126-65. Despite the fact that Orangeville struggled to match Saint John's scoring pace, five A's still finished in double figures. Saint John maintained a 56 point lead with 5:09 to play in the game, 136-80. After peeling the lead back down to 49 points, Anthony Anderson (SJN) notched his 53rd point of the night for the Mill Rats. After a last minute surge by the A's offense, they were able to trim the lead to a total of 45 points, finishing the game with a final score of 147-102.

Despite not matching the shooting efforts of the Mill Rats, Orangeville was able to maintain similar rebounding totals to Saint John, grabbing 53 team rebounds to match Saint John's 50. Justin Moss scored a team high 15 points, a relatively quiet night for the A's forward. Orangeville's 3-PT shooting woes continued, seeing the team go only 23% from 3-PT. The A's will also need to focus on tightening up their perimeter defence. Go to asbasketball.ca or nblcanada.ca for info on how to get tickets and stay up-to-date on everything Orangeville A's!

A lonely bright spot for the A's was Louis Munks' efficient 4/7 (57%) shooting from 3-PT range

NEXT HOME GAME!

Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning

3:00 PM - Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

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