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Orangeville A's Fall to the Saint John Riptide, 125-112

January 12, 2017 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

ORANGEVILLE, ON - The Orangeville A's (3-2) headed into Saint John (4-1) looking to end the Riptide's 4 game win streak. Using a combination of high-screen pick and rolls and 15-20 foot jumpers, the A's were able to pull ahead to a 10-2 lead. Gabe Freeman of the Saint John Riptide responded to an A's lay-up with a three pointer making the score 14-12 at the 5:30 mark. The A's were great on transition defense as every 2-on-1 or 3-on-1 attempt by the Riptide was stopped with a defensive recovery. By the 3:55 mark, shots began to fall for the Riptide as #35 Olumuyiwa Famutmi hit a jumper followed by a three pointer to take the lead 17-16. #12 Anthony Anderson (Saint John) also had a big quarter with 11 points while #24 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (Orangeville) notched 5. At the end of one quarter it was 30-24 for the Saint John Riptide.

In the second quarter the A's continued to struggle. The Riptide were red-hot from behind the 3-point line. #32 Darin Mency was fouled in the act and converted at the line to complete a 4-point play, making the score 42-32 for the Riptide. Momentum started to shift in the Orangeville A's favour at 5:00 with two back-to-back lay-ups. But the three-pointers were still falling for the Riptide as #33 Haakim Johnson hit their 10 th of the first half, 51-35. #4 Jameson Tipping responded with a beautiful scoop lay-up. The half ended 62-44 for the Saint John Riptide.

In the 3 rd, three pointers continued to fall for Saint John as #35 Olumuyiwa Famutmi hit another. The A's Justin Moss got to the line on back-to-back plays, going 3-4, but the A's were still stuck and down 20 (67-47). #0 Anthony Stover grabbed a strong defensive rebound and ran the floor hard, resulting in an alley-oop assist from #6 Jabs Newby, 71-47 for the Saint John Riptide. The A's continued to struggle with Saint John's high-screen and roll offense. The score was 95-75 for the Riptide heading into the fourth.

#24 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (Orangeville) added to his scoring efforts with two back-to-back and one plays, totaling 6 points and narrowing the lead to just 17 points (101-84). With some defensive adjustments, the Orangeville A's were able to come out stronger and get easier buckets decreasing the lead to 15, forcing the Riptide to bring back in their starters at 6:57. #24 Hollis-Jefferson had a great steal on a cross-court pass and had an easy dunk which was followed by another steal by the A's Jake Anderson for an easy bucket for Justin Moss, 105-93. The A's were not able to complete the comeback as the game ended with a final score of 125-112 for the Saint John Riptide over the Orangeville A's.

BY THE NUMBERS:

The A's bench was outscored 47-23

The A's shot 43% of field goals (40-93) and 25% from three (7-28)

The Riptide out rebounded the A's 60-45.

#24 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led the A's with 25 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, while Justin Moss had 24 points and 8 rebounds.

NEXT HOME GAME:

Sunday, January 15th, 2017 - Orangeville A's vs. KW Titans (3:00 PM EST)

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