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A's Fall to Buzzer-Beating 3-Pointer

January 24, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

After a promising win last night against the Niagara River Lions, the Orangeville A's (3-5) took to the road to the face the London Lightning (8-2). Entering today's match up against London, Orangeville sat 3rd in the NBLC Central Division, with London in 1st place. Orangeville was looking for their first win of the season against the Lightning, after losing the last three contests in closely fought games.

Orangeville started off the game with a high tempo, keeping the game within 2 points for the first 5 minutes of the quarter. After A's player Flenard Whitfield got into early foul trouble, London pulled ahead and finished the quarter with an 8 point lead, 27-19.

After tightening up on defense, Orangeville found a way to slow down the Central Division leading Lightning holding them to only 36% shooting on the half. With help from leading A's scorer Justin Moss and Lewis Jackson, Orangeville was able to rally back from an 8 point deficit and finish the half with a 1 point lead, 48-47. Lewis Jackson finished the half with a game leading 13 points, including a perfect 2/2 from the 3 PT line.

Orangeville maintained their defensive focus from the beginning of the 3rd quarter, keeping a lead of 4 points over London until 5:01 to play in the 3rd quarter. The A's lead grew to as high as 9 with 6:08 left in the quarter, thanks to the continued scoring efforts of Jackson and Moss. After trading leads several times, Orangeville finished the 3rd quarter with a 1 point lead, 68-67.

Despite being on the second night of back to back, Orangeville showed little sign of fatigue in the 4th quarter. Using an aggressive interior attack, Orangeville was able to expand the lead back to 8 points with 6:40 to play in the 4th quarter, 78-70. After the Lightning put on an impressive 3 PT shooting display, they were able to even the score at 82-82 with 3:05 to play in the game. As the game came right down to the wire, Lewis Jackson made a tough contested bucket to grab a 2 point lead with only 2.8 seconds remaining in the game. As London called their last timeout and brought the ball the other way Lightning guard Nick Okorie hit a buzzer beating 3-pointer that gave London the win as the clock ran out. Orangeville will head home disappointed after dropping a closely fought game on the road, 87-86.

Orangeville guard Lewis Jackson tied both Tyshawn Patterson and Nick Okorie for a game high point total of (23), with Lightning player Stephen Maxwell securing a massive (22) rebounds throughout the game. Even though they will not be going home with the W, Orangeville can be pleased with an improved defensive effort, as they held the Lightning to just 34% shooting, including 29% from the 3 PT line. Orangeville will play their next game on Friday, January 29th as they host the Moncton Miracles; hoping to improve their record to (4-6) on the season. Head to asbasketball.ca and nblcanada.comfor more info on how to get tickets of your own!

Next Home Game:

Orangeville A's vs. Moncton Miracles

7:00 PM - Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

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