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Orangeville A's First Loss of the Season Comes in Rematch Against Windsor

December 31, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

WINDSOR, ON - Orangeville A's first loss of the season comes in rematch against Windsor Express, A's fall 94-95

With less than 24 hours between their last two meetings, the 2nd consecutive matchup between the Orangeville A's and Windsor Express put on an exciting showing for the fans. Unfortunately for Orangeville, they were unable to get the back-to-back victory needed to remain undefeated for the season. Both teams played a hard fought game but Windsor would get their first win behind a strong 2nd half performance by Nick Evans (18 pts).

The teams looked evenly matched just as they did the night before and excelled in their respective styles of play. Orangeville did most of their damage inside the paint while Windsor relied on outside scoring. Every basket had a response and the stats were practically identical on both ends but the A's managed to take a small 25-21 lead into the 2nd quarter.

Early into the 2nd frame the A's took a 10-point lead that would give them a good cushion from Windsor's multiple runs. Thanks to a few timely steals, the A's held Windsor to only 19 points and prevented them from getting their offence going. The A's Rahlir Jefferson was the standout of the first half and scored at will when attacking the rim.

#20 Justin Moss finished with 20 points and 7 boards, while #24 Rahlir Jefferson had a game high 28 points and 13 rebounds

After 24 minutes of play the A's were up 50-40 and hoped to pull away in the 2nd half, however Windsor had other plans in mind. Putting forth their best offensive output of the game where they scored 29 points in the frame, they opted to outscore the A's rather than stop them defensively. The Express got hot and their 57% shooting from beyond the arc gave them the momentum to close the gap between the A's.

Going into the final quarter the momentum had shifted to Windsor's favour despite the A's still being up 76-69. Their lead was quickly erased in the first few minutes and the game was tied at 78 before the clock hit the 9-minute mark. Unfortunately for Orangeville, they made timely mistakes of their own that allowed Windsor to take their first lead since the beginning of the 2nd quarter. The A's had possession of the ball down 94-95 with a few seconds left and the chance to steal the victory but couldn't sink the buzzer beater as time expired.

BY THE NUMBERS:

Inside scoring: A's dominated inside and notched 46 points in the paint

Slow 4th Quarter: Orangeville had their lowest scoring point total in the 4th (18)

2nd unit: Windsor's bench outscored Orangeville's by 22 points

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NEXT GAME:

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 - Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning (7:00 PM ET)

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