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Brampton A's Turn off the Power 97-91

December 20, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Mississauga, ON. - The Brampton A's defeat the Mississauga Power 97-91, giving them a league best 13-5 record, the Power fall to 7-10.

The Brampton A's brought the electricity to the Hershey Centre last night. The A's wasted no time getting on the board as Kevin Francis hit a corner three to start the game. It was a hotly contested game as Brampton and Mississauga went back and forth, led by the inspired play of Francis. Francis; who has been on a tear lately ended the first quarter the way he started it, with another corner three to put the A's at 24-22.

Francis wasn't finished his onslaught as he threw down an alley-oop dunk from A's guard Cedric Moodie in the beginning of the second quarter. Francis was all over the court, taking charges and scoring another dunk off an A's miss. The Power made a run with a three point shot by Thijin Moses, cutting the A's lead to 35-31. But it would be Moodie who ended the run, drawing a foul on a three point attempt by faking out Power guard Nick Okarie. Moodie made all three free throws, giving the A's the 44-41 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the A's point guards took control of the game with shooting from guards Melvin Council and Evaldas Zabas. Council also gave the A's plenty of second chance opportunities with his five offensive rebounds. The A's characteristically continued their league dominance in rebounding by out rebounding the Power 56-42. The quarter ended with another dunk by Francis, giving them a 69-62 lead.

Both teams saved their best efforts for last as the final quarter was a high scoring affair. Brampton three point marksman Scottie Haralson started it off with a 25ft three from outside. Haralson ended the game with 14 points, including three 3's. NBL shot block leader Cavell Johnson slowed the Powers momentum when he blocked Okarie's dunk attempt with three minutes left in the game. Okarie lead the Power with 25 points. In the last minute of the game Mississauga forward Kirk Williams Jr. made a costly mental error as he fouled Evaldas Zabas, who is shooting 92 percent from the free throw line. Zabas hit the two clutch free throws and gave the A's the lead for good, as they won the game 97-91. Zabas ended the game with 18 points.

Brampton plays a three game home stand at the Powerade Centre starting Friday, December 20th in a rematch against the Power at 7:00pm, Saturday, December 21st against the Halifax Rainmen and Monday, December 23rd against the London Lightning.

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