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A's Win on 3-Pointer by Rick Bodiford with 0.8 Seconds Remaining

February 5, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

ORANGEVILLE, ON - After last week's thrilling win over the Miracles at home, the A's were given a well-deserved break heading into tonight's game against the Express. The Orangeville A's (4-6) hosted the Windsor Express (7-8) for the second time this season, hoping to even their season series at two wins a piece. Before tonight's game, the A's announced the signing of Douglas "Freddy" Appiah (Buffalo 716ers, Premier Basketball League) after Orangeville announced the news that David Tyndale was placed on the IR (sprained left ankle). Orangeville entered today's matchup hoping to build on their defensive and rebounding success over their course of the season, holding #1 spot in the NBLC for both rebounds averaged per game (50.4) and opponent's FG % (44%).

In what shaped up to be a capacity crowd at the Athlete Institute, the A's got off to a hot start at home. Orangeville took the early lead over Windsor, 13-7 with 5:19 to play in the quarter. Lewis Jackson had a productive 1st quarter for the A's offense, providing energy that generated two quick steals in a matter of minutes. The A's also continued to shoot the ball better from deep as Amardi and Bodiford poured in the points from long range. Orangeville was able to double Windsor's point total with 2:11 to play in the quarter, holding the Express to 12 points against their 24. The A's finished the 1st quarter strong and up 8 points, 27-19.

The start of the 2nd quarter saw the Windsor Express cut the lead to as little as 2 points, after Express player Kirk Williams Jr. gave the A's their fair share of trouble on defense. After leading over the Express by as many as 12 points; the Orangeville lead was reduced to only 2, with 1:49 to play in the 1st half, 41-39. The 2nd quarter continued to go back and forth between the two teams; however Orangeville maintained a lead over the Express for the entire 2nd quarter. As the clock was winding down, Justin Moss managed to get off a buzzer-beating bank from half-court to extend their lead to 6 points, 49-43.

The 3rd proved to be a low-scoring quarter, seeing a total of only 34 points scored between both squads. Windsor cut the Orangeville lead to a single point, with 6:30 left to play. 53-52. Orangeville continued to exhibit their defensive prowess as they were able to contain the Express scorers Williams and Bennett. The 3rd quarter ended with a 4 point Orangeville lead; leaving the total after 36 minutes at 65-61.

The 4th quarter was an exciting one at the Athlete Institute, as both teams brought their "A" game down the stretch. The score was brought to 69-64 with 10:02 to play in the 4th, after aggressive defense from Bilal Benn lead to an Express turnover. "Player of the Game" Lewis Jackson put on a dominant performance at the point guard position, attacking the rim aggressively and keeping the A's lead at 3 with 7:46 to play in the game, 74-71. Windsor took the lead for the first time since they were up 2-0, after a Kirk Williams Jr. lay-up brought the game to 75-74 for the Express. In the final minute of play, the score was tied between the two teams at 86-86. After an Orangeville foul sent Express player Tony Bennett to the line with 3.3 seconds to play, Windsor was able to take a 2-point lead over the A's, 88-86. The A's called a timeout to advance the ball. Coach Chris Thomas drew up a side out-of-bounds play that saw Rick Bodiford nail a tough 3-pointer to go up 1 with just 0.8 left on the clock. Orangeville managed to come away with the last-second win, leaving the final score at 89-88 for the A's.

Bodiford is celebrating his 2nd game winning bucket in two straight games. Tonight's win brings the A's record to (5-6) on the season, and also marks the second A's win in a row after taking down the Miracles at home last week. The A's will have little time to rest before they are right back at it again tomorrow night; as the Orangeville A's host the Niagara River Lions at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 6th. Head to asbasketball.ca or nblcanada.com for more information on how to stay current with the A's and purchase tickets of your own!

A's Captain, Flen Whitfield shoots over two Windsor defenders in Orangeville's exciting 89-88 win!

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