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Brampton Falls to Ottawa 115-108

December 30, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Ottawa, ON. - The Brampton A's lose to the Ottawa SkyHawks 115-108 at the Canadian Tire Centre yesterday. The A's fall to 15-6, the SkyHawks are 11-12.

The Brampton A's visited the Capital yesterday afternoon to take on the Ottawa SkyHawks. This was the sixth meeting between the two expansion franchises.

The A's got off to a sluggish start after the National Anthem, as the SkyHawks went on a quick 7-0 run. Brampton's Cedric Moodie stopped the momentum and put the A's on the board with a three pointer. The SkyHawks increased the lead to 19-9 until a three pointer by A's forward Jameson Tipping. This was the spark that was needed to get the A's in the game, as shooting guard Scottie Haralson hit back to back threes, then A's point guard Evaldas Zabas hit a three of his own, giving the A's a 21-19 lead. Scottie Haralson hit his third three pointer of the quarter, giving the A's a 26-23 lead going into the second quarter.

Brampton built their lead in the second quarter to 36-25 until a basket and a three pointer by Ottawa's point guard Jerice Crouch cut the lead to six. The A's Jameson Tipping answered with a three pointer, followed by a three pointer by Crouch. The A's three point shooting onslaught continued with back to back threes by Tipping and Haralson giving the A's a 46-40 lead. Brampton's power forward Flenard Whitfield scored a layup followed by a thunderous dunk with a foul from a pass from Tipping giving them a 56-55 lead. A three point shot by Ottawa gave the SkyHawks a 58-56 lead going into the half.

Ottawa started the second half hot with two three pointers by Ryan Anderson, putting the SkyHawks ahead at 68-59. Brampton mounted a feverish comeback with a three pointer by A's point guard Melvin Council. The former NBL player of the week, Brampton centre, Cavell Johnson put his full offensive arsenal on display when he sunk two free throws, hit a reverse layup, scored on a baby jump hookshot and had a two-handed dunk, to bring the A's to 79-76. Ottawa rallied back to end the quarter 85-78.

The SkyHawks continued their rally in the last quarter and were up 94-82 until two technical fouls by the SkyHawks Eric Kibi gave the A's four free throws and possession. Moodie iced all the free throws, then with a quick putback and a Jameson Tipping three pointer the SkyHawks lead was cut to 94-91. Moodie hit another three, bringing the game within two points at 99-97. That two point gap was the closest the A's would get as the SkyHawks rallied to a 115-108 victory. The A's hit 14 three pointers at a 47% clip. Seven of Brampton's players finished with double figures, led by Cavell Johnson's 22 pts and 9rebs, Moodie had 18 points, Haralson and Tipping each chipped in with 14 points.

The A's next home game is Saturday, January 4th at 7:00pm at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

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