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Brampton A's Take 1st with a 16-6 Record

January 5, 2014 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Brampton, ON. - The Brampton A's defeat the London Lightning 108-103 to take sole possession of first place with a 16-6 record, the Lightning fall to 14-6.

It was a highly anticipated match at the Powerade Centre against the two top teams in the National Basketball League of Canada. Brampton won the last meeting on the road in London in a thrilling comeback victory.

The A's got out to a 9-3 run led by point guard Evaldas Zabas. They increased their lead to 14-7 with a bucket by Kevin Francis and a three pointer by Scottie Haralson. London rallied back to a 25-21 lead, led by Lightning power forward Marvin Phillips.

The second quarter began with the A's aggressively crashing the boards. Brampton centre Steve Idlet and guard Cedric Moodie each had put back layups. The A's were up 37-30 after taking advantage of a technical foul by London guard Tony Bennett. London came back and put a bunch of points on the board quickly, with three point shots by guards Maurice Bolden and Darin Mency. The Lightning also got an and- one basket by Phillips, giving them a 46-40 lead over the A's. Each team traded baskets, ending the quarter 59-52 London.

The A's cut the Lightning's seven point lead down to five by outscoring them 27-25 in the third quarter.

The A's trio of Zabas, Francis and Moodie accounted for 20 of the 27 A's points in the third quarter.

Brampton guard Jordan Hamilton hit a clutch three pointer ending the quarter with London leading 84-79.

Brampton saved their best for last. The A's started the fourth quarter with an and-one by Zabas and then Steve Idlet scored from a nifty pass by Zabas. A three pointer by Moodie gave the A's their first lead since the first half, from there the A's didn't look back. The A's defense held London to 19 points on 37% shooting in the quarter. Zabas and Moodie dominated the fourth quarter with great passing and clutch shooting. Zabas scored 11 this quarter and ended with 26 points for the game. Moodie scored eight in the quarter and ended with a game high 33 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Idlet and Francis finished in double figures as well, with 12 and 10 respectively.

Brampton's next home games are back to back on Friday, January 10th against the Ottawa SkyHawks and Saturday, January 11th against the Mississauga Power.

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