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Orangeville Can't Sink Buzzer Beater, Falls 102-100

March 13, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

After last night's tough home loss against the River Lions, the A's took to the road to face the Windsor Express at the WFCU Centre. The Orangeville A's entered today's afternoon game with a 8-16 record, with their Central Division opponents ahead in the NBLC standings, 14-13. Today's game was truly a trial of endurance for the A's, marking their 3rd consecutive game in three days (Friday's 113-98 win against the Express and Saturday's 103-113 loss against the River Lions). The A's have had recent success against Windsor, winning 3 of the last 4 contests.

Orangeville had difficulty shooting the ball early on, shooting only 41% from the field and 16% from 3. The A's were down 8 points in the first, A's forward Tyrone Watson had a thunderous posterizing dunk that helped spark a 1st quarter push for the A's. Orangeville would fight back and finish the 1st quarter tied evenly with Windsor, 22-22.

The 2nd quarter started with a strong Orangeville scoring push, seeing Orangeville go on a 14-4 run, 35-26. Unfortunately for the A's they were unable to contain the explosive Express offence during the 2nd, seeing Windsor immediately respond with an 11-2 run of their own. Windsor continued to gain separation from the A's during the 2nd, as multiple long range buckets pushed their lead to 44-39 with 3:22 to play in the quarter. A's point guard Da'Quan Brooks provided a laser pass to Justin Moss in the post, who threw down an easy two-handed dunk over several Express defenders. The 2nd quarter would eventually finish with a 7 point A's deficit, seeing the Express lead 48-41 at the half.

The beginning of the 3rd saw both squads go scoreless for over 2 minutes. Windsor would take their largest lead of the game so far at 59-47 with 7:18 remaining in the 3rd. A's guard Louis Munks would help cut the deficit to only 4 points on a tough and-one play, bringing the score to 59-55. A's forward Tyrone Watson was effective on both sides of the floor again tonight, making several defensive plays that helped stifle the Express attack and helped bring the A's within one point with 1:42 to play in the 3rd, 68-67. A late Windsor 3 would give them the advantage heading into the final quarter of play, 73-70.

Orangeville would take one of their few leads of the game during the beginning of the 4th quarter, leaping ahead, 76-73 with 10:11 remaining in the game. Orangeville's attention to defensive coverage is one of the largest reasons why they were able to make their 4th quarter run. The A's managed to out score the Express, 30-29 throughout the quarter, after failing to lead through the first 3 quarters. Orangeville would hold a 5 point lead with 8:33 to play in the game, leading the Express 80-75. The A's experienced a noticeable boost from their reserves tonight, who provided 50 points for the A's off of the bench. The Windsor Express regained a single point lead over the A's with 3:06 to play in the game, 91-90. Unfortunately for the A's they were unable to get the Louis Munks 3PT game-winner off in time, losing 102-100 at the final buzzer. A's player Dominic Cheek would finish the game with a team-high 25 points and 7 rebounds.

After playing three consecutive games in a row this weekend, the A's will have a much deserved rest before the next game on Friday, March 18th against the Halifax Hurricanes at the Athlete Institute. Friday's game against the Hurricanes will mark their final matchup with Halifax this regular season. For more information on how to get tickets of your own and everything A's Basketball, head to AsBasketball.ca or NBLCanada.ca!




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Justin Moss of the Orangeville A's vs. the Windsor Express
Justin Moss of the Orangeville A's vs. the Windsor Express

  

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