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A's Drop Game One on the Road to London, 118-110

May 2, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

The A's weren't able to slow down the scoring of Lightning guard Akeem Scott, who dropped 30 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. A's veteran forward Ty Watson was one of the few A's players that shot the ball well, going (12/18) on the night and finishing with 27 points and 4 rebounds in the loss.

With the NBL Canada Playoffs finally here, the Orangeville A's (14-26) were set to take on the London Lightning (26-14) in a 5 game playoff series. Orangeville will play the first two games of the series on the road, with the next two going to back to Orangeville (game 4 - if necessary).

Orangeville got off to a difficult start in the 1st, and saw themselves trail for the majority of the quarter. The A's got into foul difficulty early on, collecting 6 team fouls in the 1st compared to the Lightning's 3. Orangeville would finish the 1st quarter of play with a 6 point deficit, 28-22.

The A's relied on their point guard tandem much throughout the 2nd, with Lewis Jackson and Da'Quan Brooks combining for 12 points and 7 assists in the first 24 minutes of play. Orangeville would struggle shooting the ball from deep, shooting just 14% (2/14) in the 1st half and closing out the 2nd quarter with a 54-43 deficit.

After starting the game off slow, Orangeville was able to catch fire in the 3rd quarter and drop 35 points as team, although London netted 37 points of their own. A's guard Louis Munks would draw a 4 PT play in the quarter, finishing the night with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

Tonight's 4th quarter proved to be difficult for the A's, despite outscoring the Lightning 32-27. A's forward Justin Moss was on the few offensive weapons for Orangeville tonight, finishing the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds. After London was able to push the lead as high as 20 points, Orangeville would answer back and cut the difference to only 8 points with 2:57 left, 109-102. Despite their best efforts the game would eventually end with a 118-110 final.

Key Game Notes:

- Despite not getting the win tonight, Orangeville was able to out rebound London, 54-47

- Poor 3PT and FT shooting was the story of tonight's game, with 25% 3PT and 63% FT

- Orangeville had two players record a double-double tonight (Jackson: 11 PTS, 11 AST and Moss: 18 PTS and 10 REB)

Up Next:

05/04/2016 - Orangeville A's @ London Lightning (Away) - 7PM

With one day of rest, Orangeville will head back to London down 1-0 for Game 2. Game 3 is set for Friday May 6th (7:00 PM) at the Athlete Institute. For more information on the A's and to purchase discounted playoff tickets, head to AsBasketball.ca and NBLCanada.ca!

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