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Orangeville A's Win 3rd Straight Game, Defeat Windsor Express 113-98

March 11, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

The A's entered tonight's home match-up against the Express on the heels of a two-game winning streak, in what has been an extremely positive turnaround. The Orangeville A's began the day with a (7-15) record, hoping to continue their hot streak against their Central Division rivals, the Windsor Express (14-12). Today also marked the Orangeville A's debut of former NBL Canadian player of the year (2014-2015) Tyrone Watson, who was primed to make his first appearance in an A's jersey. Before today's game the A's would also announce the placing of A's forward Jameson Tipping on the Injured Reserve list. Jameson has been sidelined due to an unfortunate recent shoulder injury.

The 1st quarter started off with a quick Orangeville scoring run, seeing the A's hold a 10-8 lead over the Express with 7:48 to play in the quarter. Today's game at the Athlete Institute Fieldhouse began positively for the new look A's, who have been experiencing a noticeable offensive boost in their recent games. A's guard Louis Munks put up a fantastic effort for the home squad in the 1st quarter, leading the A's in scoring after 12 minutes with 7 points. The A's benefited from a balanced offensive attack that saw 10 assists in the 1st quarter alone. The 1st quarter would conclude with an 8-point lead for the A's over the Express, 27-19. Orangeville had success from the field during the first quarter, shooting 44% as a team on 25 shots.

After a strong defensive 1st quarter for the A's - in which they held the Express to only 37% as a team - the home team had difficulty in slowing down Windsor's dynamic offence in the second. The 2nd quarter began with a 15-6 run for the Express, seeing them trim the A's lead to as little as 3 points, with 8:15 remaining in the 2nd quarter. A's guard Louis Munks was determined to get his team going defensively as he drew two offensive charges during the 2nd quarter alone, marking the 4th charge drawn for the team as a whole. Once Orangeville was able to steady their defensive efforts they were able to regain a 10 point lead with 2:25 to play in the 2nd, 45-35. The A's were boosted by the play of new A's forward Tyrone Watson, who immediately made his presence felt on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Watson was first to loose balls and rebounds and had a knack for absorbing contact while still finishing down low. After they were able to steady the ship, the A's finished the 2nd quarter of play with a 13-point lead over the Windsor Express, 53-40.

Following a half-time talk from A's Coach Chris Thomas, the A's started the 2nd half with a clear offensive focus. The A's continued to inflict damage from 3 PT range, with timely long-range buckets provided by A's scorers Louis Munks, Flen Whitfield and Dominic Cheek. The A's would eventually push their lead to as much as 22 with 6:11 to play in the 3rd quarter, 70-48. The Orangeville A's recent acquisitions have been extremely effective for the A's offensive approach, allowing them to consistently stretch their defenders out to the 3 PT line and share the scoring load with a more balanced offensive attack. However, the Express weren't going to let the A's have anything easy tonight as they continued to claw back into the game. They shortened the lead to 19 before the start of the 4th quarter, bringing the tally to 82-63.

The 4th quarter continued to flow very well for the Orangeville A's offence, who were able to maintain their 20 point lead over the Express with 7:59 remaining in the game, 86-66. Tonight was a relatively quiet night for A's leading scorer Justin Moss, with tonight's contest shaking up to be an extremely rounded effort from the A's personnel. Orangeville would have 7 players score into the double digits tonight, while also managing to shoot an impressive 41% from 3 PT range. The Orangeville lead was 17 points with 3:36 to go in the game. The Express never let up, as they turned up the defensive pressure and forced multiple A's turnovers late in the game. Windsor would continue their late game push against the A's and bring the home town lead to as little as 7 points with 1:34 to play in the game. A's guard Louis Munks hit a late game 3 PT dagger for the Orangeville A's and capped the game off with a rim-rattling jam, effectively sealing the deal for the A's near the buzzer.

The final score of tonight's game was 113-98 for the Orangeville A's, marking their 3rd win in a row. Orangeville will have little time to rest before they are tasked with hosting the Niagara River Lions at home tomorrow night, Saturday, March 12th at 7:00 PM. Tomorrow is St. Pattys Day Theme night, wear green and cheer on your A's to their 4th straight victory! For more information on everything A's and to get tickets of your own, head to Asbasketball.ca or NBLCanada.ca!

Newly signed A Tyrone Watson is the 'Player of the Game' with 18 points and 9 boards on 8/13 shooting.

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