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A's Trounced by Miracles out East, 114-85

February 19, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Tonight marks the last game of Orangeville's East Coast tour, with the A's looking to catch their first victory of the trip. Orangeville enters tonight's game in the midst of an offensive slump, placing last in the league for Team FG% (.434) and Team 3-PT% (.276). Orangeville (5-11) is taking on the Moncton Miracles (7-11) for the 2nd and final time this season. The previous matchup saw the A's take down the Miracles at home, January 29th (111-110).

The 1st quarter began with an early Miracles lead, reaching 7-3 after the first few minutes. A's guard Rick Bodiford hit a fluid 3-PT jumper and a long 2 to grab the lead for the A's, bringing the score to 12-11. Both squads traded leads several times throughout the quarter, in what was a high-speed contest early on. A's forward Justin Moss provided some lethal offence from the post; although it wasn't enough to stop a late 1st quarter run by the Miracles. The 1st quarter concluded with an 11-point Miracles lead, 29-18.

To start the 2nd quarter both teams went scoreless for nearly 3 minutes, including a pair of missed free throws for the A's. The Miracles increased their lead to 32-18, converting on several Orangeville turnovers throughout the 2nd. The A's experienced a slow offensive quarter, failing to score for nearly half of the running time and getting outscored 24-13. A's forward Erik Copes broke the scoring drought with an in-rhythm jumper, bringing the score to 42-22 with 3:38 remaining in the half. Copes also provided a strong defensive play as he blocked a Miracles' transition dunk attempt. Orangeville finished the half with a 22-point deficit of 53-31, their largest of the game so far.

The A's defensive woes continued during the 3rd quarter, seeing the Miracles pull ahead by 28 points with 4:40 left to play, 70-42. The Moncton lead increased to as much as 34 points near the end of the 3rd quarter, bringing the tally to 76-42. A's forward Flen Whitfield broke the Orangeville drought in the 3rd and got to the line several times, yet the A's difficulties from the FT line continued and Whitfield only hit 2/4 attempts in the quarter. The 3rd ended with a 39-point deficit, the largest of the game, 87-48.

The Miracles got the early jump in the 4th and brought the lead to 40 points, leaving the score 91-51 after a few minutes. A's guard David Tyndale completed a tough lay up to help spark a late Orangeville push. After finally starting to tighten up their defence, they brought lead down to 35 points (95-60) with 8:32 to play in the game. Orangeville has had difficulties catching fire in the 2nd half of games during their east coast road trip, seeming to lose steam after the first 24 minutes. A's forward Richard Amardi hit a late 3 but after a few quick A's turnovers the lead leapt back up to 42 points late in the 4th quarter. Lapses on defense became the downfall during the 2nd half for the Orangeville A's who were unable to regain the magic they found at home on January 29th when they beat the Miracles, 111-110. The A's finished the game with a 29 point deficit, 114-85. A's forward Flen Whitfield notched 14 points and 11 rebounds, securing team-highs for both totals.

The A's have one last game on the road before they are back home, taking on the Windsor Express in Windsor, Friday, February 26th at the WFCU Centre (7:30 pm ET). 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!

NEXT HOME GAME!

Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning

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

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