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A's Can't Slow Express

January 17, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

On the second day of a back-to-back, Orangeville took to the road to face the Windsor Express at WFCU Centre. The A's entered today's afternoon matchup with a (2-4) record, hoping to find some of the same magic that gave the A's their first win of the season over the same squad.

Orangeville let the Windsor get off to a quick start in the 1st quarter, seeing the Express take a 12-point lead just 3:28 into the game. Sharpshooter Jameson Tipping was 2/3 from behind the arc, a clear sign of improvement for Orangeville's long-range shooting woes. In what became a high scoring quarter, the Windsor Express finished the 1st with a 16 point lead over the A's, 36-20.

The second quarter started off slow for the A's, seeing the Express take a 21-point lead with 7:43 to play in the quarter. With help from Whitfield and Tipping, the A's were able to cut the lead to 14 points with 4:27 to play in the half. Tipping finished the half 3/5 from the 3 PT line, tallying 11 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds for the half. Orangeville was able to trim the lead to 11 points in the final minutes of the 2nd quarter, leaving the score at the half at 57-46. Orangeville's 3 PT percentage at the half was 42%, a significant improvement over their season average of 30%.

The A's were unable to slow the Express during the first minutes of the 2nd half, allowing Windsor to jump back up 17 after 2:44 in the 3rd quarter. A's forward Robert Diggs provided some necessary scoring help, pouring in 10 points in the quarter.

The A's entered the final quarter down 81-68. Orangeville A's head coach Chris Thomas wasn't going to let his team go down without a fight. The A's turned up the intensity and brought the lead back down to 8 points with 11:15 to go in the game. Unfortunately for Orangeville, the hot hands of Brandon Robinson, Chris Commons and Tony Bennett proved to be too much for the A's defense. The three Express players dropped a total of 75 points for the game. The A's ended the game down 16 to the Express, with a final score of 111-95.

Orangeville showed positive signs of improvement on defending the 3-point line, holding the Express to only 25% for the game. Fouls hurt the A's, as Windsor got to the free throw line 32 times and capitalized by hitting 26 (81%). Orangeville put on a well-rounded scoring display today, seeing 4 players reach double digits. Tipping lead all A's players in scoring with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Orangeville will be right back at it again on Friday, January 22nd (7:00 pm) as they take on the Niagara River Lions at home! Head to asbasketball.ca and nblcanada.com for more information on how to stay updated on your A's and to get tickets to the next home game!

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