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A's Drop 7th Straight in Windsor, 97-85

February 26, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

WINDSOR, ON. Tonight marks the last game of a treacherous six game road trip for the A's, with their last home game taking place on February 6th against the Niagara River Lions. The Orangeville A's (5-12) hoped to end their six game losing skid against their Central Division rivals, the Windsor Express (11-10), and even the season series at 3 games-a-piece. Tonight also signifies the 2015-2016 NBLC season debut of former Moncton Miracles' player, Da'quan Cook, who played in his first game for the A's tonight at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.

The game kicked off quickly with an early Express push, seeing Orangeville fall to a 4 point deficit with 3:20 remaining in the quarter, 12-8. The 1st quarter proved to be a poor shooting outing for the A's, seeing the team fail to hit a 3-pointer and shoot only 26% from the field. Orangeville racked up 8 fouls in the quarter but found success at the line with A's forward Justin Moss, who scored 9 points and grabbed an impressive 6 boards during the 1st quarter of play.

Orangeville had a fiery offensive 2nd quarter, bringing the Express lead to 3 points with 7:42 to play in the half, 28-25. The A's produced a much more balanced scoring effort during the 2nd, seeing 9 different A's players score in the quarter. Orangeville took their first lead of the game with 6:05 remaining, 30-28. Both squads continued to trade leads throughout the 2nd quarter. The A's appeared to be a reinvigorated squad tonight, after a rough East Coast road trip. Orangeville played tight defensively and managed to hold the Express to 35% shooting after 24 minutes. Orangeville displayed great offensive rebounding during the 2nd quarter, tallying 12 in the half as a team over Windsor's 6. The A's rallied together on offence and brought their lead to as much as 12 points with 0:09 remaining, 47-35. After a wild buzzer-beating 3 PT shot by Kirk Williams Jr. (WIN), the quarter ended with a 9 point A's lead, 47-38.

Richard Amardi proved to be an effective scorer in the 3rd quarter, helping the A's fend off the Express by making some difficult contested shots in the paint. Amardi scored 10 in the quarter and finished with a total of 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Orangeville lead was trimmed back to a single point for the A's with 5:02 remaining in the quarter, 52-51. After Windsor turned up their defensive intensity, they pulled ahead to a 5 point lead with 1:33 to play in the 3rd, 62-57. Justin Moss completed a few contested layups near the end of the quarter, cutting the Express lead to 5 points to close out the 3rd, 66-61.

The 4th quarter shifted entirely in Windsor's favour, seeing the Express score 7 straight to open the quarter. Windsor extended their lead to as much as 17 points with 9:04 remaining, 80-63. The A's experienced a cold offensive finish, getting outscored 31-24 by the Express in the 4th. Although Moss finished with a team-high 25 points, his efficiency dropped during the 4th quarter and he finished with 40% shooting on 17 attempts (7/17). Moss compensated for his shooting difficulties by sinking an impressive 11 free throws tonight. Windsor's early 4th quarter surge helped them regain a sizeable lead of 12 points with 6:16 remaining in the game, bringing the score to 82-70. The Express sustained their lead throughout the final quarter and the game finished with a tally of 97-85. A's forward Justin Moss finished the game with a team-high 25 points and 9 rebounds, putting up an impressive individual performance in a hard-fought road loss. The A's were out-rebounded (53-49) and had only 19 assists for the game, proving to be a major pitfall for their offence.




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