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Brampton A's Shoot Down SkyHawks 99-89

January 16, 2014 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Brampton, ON. - The Brampton A's defeat the Ottawa SkyHawks 99-89 at the Powerade Centre. The A's record is 17-7, the SkyHawks fall to 12-13.

The National Basketball League of Canada's two new franchise teams face off for the seventh time this season in what proved to be another competitive game.

The SkyHawks started off the game with a 20-9 run, but the A's resilience showed why they are one of the best teams in the NBL. Two quick baskets by Brampton's Cavell Johnson, three pointers by Jesse Tipping and Scottie Haralson and baskets by A's bigmen Kevin Francis and Steve Idlet brought the score to 23-23 going into the second quarter.

The A's got off to a quick 32-25 lead with great teamwork and sharing the basketball. Baskets by A's guards Evaldas Zabas and Cedric Moodie were followed up with a jump hook and a dunk by Johnson. The SkyHawks rallied back with baskets by forward Tirrell Baines. The A's limited the SkyHawks second chance opportunity with their league best rebounding. Brampton had 66 rebounds to Ottawa's 52, led by Kevin Francis and Cedric Moodie with eight each. The A's went into the third with a 44-41 lead after two baskets by A's point guard Melvin Council.

The SkyHawks began the third quarter on fire, as they went on a 13-0 run going up 54-44. After a timeout by A's Head Coach the A's clamped down on defense. The A's held the SkyHawks at 37% field goal for the game. The A's capitalized on their great defense and finished the quarter on a 24-7 run, ending the quarter 68-61.

The fourth quarter was a fierce battle as each team refused to quit or back down. The SkyHawks held a 81-80 lead when Brampton's Head Coach, David Magley called a timeout. Coach Magley challenged his team to play unselfish Brampton basketball and to "own every rebound". Coach Magley's pep talk inspired the A's Melvin Council. Council took over the last half of the quarter and frustrated the SkyHawks with his defense and great passing. He scored 11 of his game high in the last minutes in a variety of ways; layups, offensive rebounds, putbacks, jump shots, free throws and capped it off with a three pointer. Council's run, combined with the A's 60 bench points was too much for the SkyHawks to overcome. The final score was 99-89.

The A's next home game is Saturday January 11th at 7:00PM at the Powerade Centre, come out and watch as they host their Peel rival the Mississauga Power.

For tickets contact Lisa at lisa.headley@bramptonas.ca OR Owen at owen.king@bramptonas.ca.

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