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A's Treat Fans to Victory in Home Opener

December 29, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

The Orangeville A's were happy to greet their fans for the first time this season as they came out victorious against the Windsor Express in their home opener at Athlete Institute. The team was dominant from start to finish and capped off a wire-to-wire victory behind Justin Moss' 35 point, 6 rebound night. This victory puts them at 2-0 to start the season and they hope to keep the ball rolling into their next matchup tomorrow against the same opponent.

Dominant performances from Justin Moss (35 pts, 12/17 FG, 11/11 FT) and Rick Bodiford (12 pts, 15 rebs) helped lead the A's to victory

From the outset the A's looked to be working as a cohesive unit. They attacked the basket relentlessly which was reflected in their many free throw attempts which created foul trouble for some of Windsor's key players. After their first contest, ball security was a concern but seemed to be quickly corrected as they displayed remarkable ball movement while limiting turnovers. Windsor had trouble keeping up with the A's quick pace and size that left them dealing with a 32-19 deficit after the 1st quarter.

The break didn't slow down Orangeville's rhythm and they continued to play the game at a breakneck pace and got to the rim consistently. Due to the A's size, Windsor regularly settled for jump shots but couldn't capitalize on any second chance opportunities off the glass. On the offensive side of the floor Justin Moss was leaving his mark on the game for the A's by scoring 20 points (7-8 FG, 6-6 FT) in the first half despite playing under 14 minutes. At halftime, the A's were up 57-40 and were shooting an impressive 50% from the field compared to Windsor's 42%.

Halftime allowed Windsor to regroup and make an attempt at cutting into the large 17-point deficit. Windsor's Warren Ward (19 pts, 6 rebs, 5 asts) had an impressive showing in the second half but unfortunately his performance wasn't enough to carry his team. The Express made an impressive run towards the end of the 3rd to cut the A's lead down to single-digits when Jameson Tipping sunk a pair of 3-pointers and Justin Moss was able to sneak in a dunk at the buzzer to end the 3rd quarter.

Going into the 4th a comeback looked unlikely for Windsor but they kept pace and chipped away at the lead. A lead that was once up to 26 points was shrunk down to 8, but the A's stood firm and managed to keep their opponents at bay with a couple timely buckets, holding on for the 105-93 victory.

BY THE NUMBERS:

Great shot selection: A's finished the game shooting 48% from the floor (50% in the first half)

Ball Movement: Orangeville were +8 in assists (27)

Getting to the line: The A's took a total of 25 free throw attempts

NEXT GAME:

Fri, December 30th, 2016 - Orangeville A's @ Windsor Express - 7:00 PM ET

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