A's Win Second Straight, 106-104 over the Express
After playing one of their strongest games of the season last night, the A's had little time to rest before they were set to host the Express on the tail end of a back-to-back. The A's beat the first place London Lightning last night (106-103) and aimed to carry this momentum into today's game.
Today's afternoon game at the Athlete Institute began with a small offensive run by Windsor, seeing the Express lead by 3 points with 10:35 to play in the 1st quarter, 6-3. Orangeville's focus on improving their long-range efficiency has definitely been apparent in recent games, seeing the A's sink 5 3PT shots during the 1st quarter. Orangeville leaped ahead to a 7 point lead with 7:13 to play in the 1st, 15-8. A's forward Justin Moss was especially effective in getting to the free throw line during the 1st, managing to sink 3/4 FT attempts. After a contested play for a loose ball rebound, A's forward Richard Amardi took a wild hand to the face and left the game with an eye injury. With 2:46 remaining in the 1st, Orangeville held a 4 point lead over the Express with a score of 21-17. The A's maintained their lead for the majority of the 1st quarter, although the Express got as close as 2 points during the final minutes of the quarter (23-21). Amardi would return to the game and provided the A's with an immediate scoring boost. The A's finished the quarter with a 4 point lead, 28-24.
The A's started the 2nd quarter with a 6 point run, securing their biggest lead of the game so far at 34-24. Much of the A's success spawned from their attention to defense and rebounding, grabbing 28 rebounds as a team in the first half over Windsor's 20. The Orangeville lead would balloon to as high as 13 points with 4:58 remaining in the 2nd quarter (44-31). The A's appeared to be especially concentrated on the offensive end, as they shot an impressive 47% as a team through the 1st half of play. A's forward Richard Amardi continued to make his presence known on the court today, finishing the 1st half of play with 16 points and 7 rebounds, including 4/8 from deep. It wasn't long before the A's pushed the lead to as high as 19, reaching 52-33 over Windsor with 2:30 to play in the 2nd. A late quarter push by Windsor would eventually lower the lead back down to 12 in the final minute of the first half, 55-43. The 2nd quarter of play concluded with a 12 point A's lead, 57-45.
The 3rd quarter started positively for the A's, forcing three straight turnovers on defense and raising the lead to 59-45 with 11:10 remaining in the quarter. However, Windsor would soon retaliate with a run of their own and lowered the home team lead to only 9 points with 9:33 left in the 3rd quarter, 59-50. A's forward Justin Moss provided a thunderous block in the post during the 3rd, raising a roar out of the Athlete Institute crowd. The Orangeville lead would eventually dwindle to as a low as 2 points at the halfway point of the quarter, seeing Windsor bring the score to 65-63. Although Windsor was able to tie the game at 67 with 5:05 left in the quarter, Orangeville never took their foot off the pedal and regained a 9 point lead with 3:29 remaining in the 3rd, 80-71. After a hot start during the 1st half of play, Orangeville's offensive efficiency dropped to 38% at the end of the 3rd quarter. The 3rd quarter would eventually conclude with a 9 point lead by the home team, 83-74.
The Express came out of the 4th quarter gate shooting, eventually lowering the A's lead to 5 points with 9:51 remaining in the game, 83-78. As has been the story several times this year, the A's benefited from the late game scoring of their dominant forward Justin Moss, who finished the game with a team-high 22 points. The Express would move on to tie the game late in the 4th, bringing the tally to 87-87 with 6:09 left on the clock. The rest of the game would continue to pull in different directions, seeing the lead change hands several times between both squads. As the game drew down to the final 4 minutes of play, Windsor would bring the lead over the A's to as high as 6 points, 94-89. However, this A's squad proved that they weren't going to quit anytime soon and re-took the lead in dramatic fashion, reaching 100-99 over Windsor with only 1:50 left on the clock.
After Windsor made a wild final dash for the game-winning shot, Orangeville would eventually prevail at the final buzzer, 106-104.The A's had active hands on defence today, snatching 10 steals and forcing 19 Windsor turnovers over four quarters of play. One of the largest factors in Orangeville's defensive presence was the play of A's acquisition Dominic Cheek, who finished the game with 4 steals. Another major contributor to the A's success tonight was their tenacity in getting to the free throw line, sinking 12/16 FT attempts. After today's exciting win, the Orangeville A's will have 5 days of much-needed rest before their next game on Friday, March 11th; as the Orangeville A's will be hosting the Windsor Express once again at the Athlete Institute. For more information on how to stay updated on the A's and buy tickets of your own, head to AsBasketball.ca or NBLCanada.ca
NEXT HOME GAME!
Orangeville A's vs. Windsor Express
7:00 PM - Friday, March 11, 2016
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