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A's Can't Weather the Storm; Fall 106-95

February 15, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

After yesterday's difficult loss in Halifax, the A's were still looking to grab their 1st win of their 6 game road trip. The Orangeville A's (5-9) took to the shores of Charlottetown to face the Island Storm (6-13), in what was their first meeting this season. A key offensive focus for the A's was to improve their 3 PT shooting efficiency, which dipped to a league low of 29% after yesterday's game.

The 1st quarter saw the Storm leap to a 7 point lead just 4 minutes into the contest, 12-5. Orangeville struggled early on from the field, shooting only 25% through the first 6 minutes. Justin Moss provided the A's with some impressive athletic finishes at the rim, notching 7 points during the 1st quarter on 50% shooting. Orangeville caught fire late in the 1st and brought the lead to as little as 3 with a Moss and-one. Orangeville finished the quarter with an 8 point deficit, 27-19.

Orangeville cut the lead back down to 7 points with 10:10 in the 2nd quarter, 29-22. After several turnovers on offence, the Storm lead grew to 14 points with 8:36 remaining in the half, 36-22. The A's shooting woes continued, with their team FG% dropping to 35% at the half. The Storm consistently converted on the A's turnovers (18) and raised the lead to 20 points to finish the half, 54-34.

The Island Storm continued to apply the offensive pressure at the beginning of the 3rd, reaching a 23 point lead with 6:06 in the quarter, 66-43. Orangeville's offensive struggles were apparent today, experiencing a 3 PT drought for nearly 10 minutes until A's sharpshooter Jameson Tipping knocked down a three late in the 3rd. Orangeville battled back and forth with the Storm and outscored them throughout the quarter, 27-22. The 3rd quarter finished with a 15 point Island Storm lead, 76-61.

With the beginning of the 4th quarter the A's finally found their offensive rhythm, cutting the lead to 12 points with 9:56 to play in the game, 78-66. Fresh A's face Brandon Austin had a strong 4th quarter for Orangeville, dropping 10 points and finishing with a total of 19 for the game. On the positive side of things, Orangeville managed to outrebound the Storm 56 to 52 throughout the game, a common factor of success for the A's this year. Flen Whitfield hit a timely 3 pointer that once again cut the lead to as little as 7 points with 2:44 remaining, 96-89. With only 0:21 seconds to play in the game the A's cut the lead to 6 thanks to a fiery shooting display by Rick Bodiford and Brandon Austin. However, It was too little too late, and the game concluded with an 11 point Island Storm lead, 106-95, seeing the A's unable to topple the Storm on the road. Justin Moss led all players in points and rebounds tonight, notching 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The A's will have a couple days rest before they take on the Saint John Mill Rats at the Harbour Station, on Thursday, February 18th (7:00 pm AST/6:00 pm EST). Head to asbasketball.ca or nblcanada.ca for more info on how to get tickets of your own and stay current on everything A's!

#12 Bilal Benn notched a double-double with 10 pts and 11 rebs

NEXT HOME GAME!

Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning

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

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