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Orangeville A's Struggle Offensively at the Aud, Fall 93-83 to KW

January 24, 2017 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON - The Orangeville A's (4-4) head into Kitchener-Waterloo after letting their last game slip away to the Island Storm. The A's were looking to get back to their winning ways against the KW Titans (3-6) in the first game of a back-to-back. The Kitchener Waterloo Titans started the game on a 16-5 run and by the 5:25 mark the A's were forced to take a time out to slow their momentum. The Titans were able to capitalize off the A's 8 first quarter turnovers and scored 12 points as a result. After one, the A's found themselves down 12 points, 28-16.

The second quarter started with a burst of energy from the A's including back-to-back three pointers by Jameson Tipping trimming the KW lead to 7, 29-22. However, the Titans responded by putting their foot on the pedal and going on a run to earn their largest lead of the night of 38-22 as the A's turnovers continued. Midway through the second the Titans had already racked up 16 points off A's turnovers. A block by Slim Magee leading to a three pointer for Rico DiLoreto allowed the A's to trim the lead to 9 before the break. At the half the A's were down 45-36.

Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led the A's with 20 points and 13 rebounds

In the 3rd, the Orangeville A's increased their defensive pressure as they cut the lead down to 7 points with 5:12 left in the frame. Adam Blazek (KW) continued to torch the A's with his hot shooting, scoring his fourth 3 pointer (3pt FG: 4-6) to make the game 66-56. However, the A's seemed unfazed by their poor first half performance as they continued to grind away at the lead. The A's found themselves down only 2 points heading into the fourth quarter 65-67 (Blazek final: 20 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds).

The Titans came out with something to prove in the fourth, having not won a game in regulation at home this season. KW went on a 6-0 run to increase their lead to 75-70 (8:20). The Titans continued to make shots and keep the A's at arms length. Moss was no where to be seen in this contest, finishing with a stat line of 2 pts, 0 rebs and 6 fouls. Ultimately, the Titans held onto a 10-point lead with a final score of 93-83. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led scoring and rebounding for the A's with 20P, 13R and 3A followed by Rick Bodiford with 16P and 5R. A.J Davis aided the Titans win with 20 points and 5 rebounds of his own. The A's move to 4-5 on the season which makes them tied for 2nd in the Central Division with the Niagara River Lions.

By the Numbers:

3-Pointers - The A's hit on just 7/20 (35%) from three point range compared to KW's 13/27 (48.15%)

Active Defense - KW had 16 steals and 10 blocks, compared to the A's 7 steals and 3 blocks

Moss - Justin Moss was held to just 2 points (0 rebounds) compared to his season averages of 22.5 and 10.6

Next Game: Orangeville A's @ Windsor Express - 7:00 pm est - Wed, January 25, 2017 (WFCU Centre, Windsor, ON)

Next Home Game: Orangeville A's vs. KW Titans - 3:00 pm est - Sun, January 29, 2017 (Athlete Institute, Orangeville, ON)




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