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Orangeville Can't Stop 4th Quarter Attack, Lose 110-99 to London

April 2, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Despite a NBLC career high from A's guard Dominic Cheek (34 Points, 7 Rebounds), the A's were not able to contain the scoring efforts of Lightning players Warren Ward (26 Points, 5 Assists) and Stephen Maxwell (23 Points, 11 Rebounds).

On the heels of a two game winning streak, the Orangeville A's (10-22) took to the road to face their Central Division rivals and potential playoff matchup, the London Lightning (19-10).

The 1st quarter of tonight's game started slow for both squads, with Orangeville only leading by a point at the midway mark of the quarter, 13-12. A's forward Bilal Benn would make a strong and-one move to the bucket, finishing the evening with a total of 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. The A's would eventually give up the lead after London went on an 11-2 run to close out the 1st, 23-15.

During the 2nd quarter, A's guard Dominic Cheek had his best quarter in an A's jersey, pouring in 22 points on the Lightning defence while going 4/6 from the 3PT line. Cheek would finish the night with an impressive 34 points and 7 rebounds. Orangeville utilized their momentum by closing out the quarter with a whopping 6/6 from the 3PT line managing to outscore the home team (41-22), finishing the 1st half with a 56-45 lead over London.

After a fiery 2nd quarter the A's continued to pile on the pressure and took their biggest lead of the game at 17 points with 5:39 left in the 3rd. The away team would finish the 3rd quarter with a 13 point lead over the Lightning, 85-72.

Even though they were able to dominate for the first 3 quarters of the game, Orangeville hit a noticeable skid in the 4th. The A's were outscored in the final quarter of play (38-14), seemingly unable to slow down London native Warren Ward who finished the night with 26 points. For a team that entered the night #2 in the NBLC for assists, the A's distributed the ball poorly tonight and only finished with 18 assists as a team. After a lackluster 4th quarter the A's would finish the night with their largest deficit of the game, 110-99.

Key Game Notes:

- Dominic Cheek had a NBLC career high tonight, breaking his previous high (29) with 34 points

- Both teams went cold from deep tonight, with the A's going only 29.7% (11/37) from 3PT and the Lightning shooting only 27.6% (8/29)

- Orangeville was hurt by offensive rebounding tonight, getting outrebounded 18-8 by London, which included 22 second chance points scored by the Lightning

Up Next:

4/7/2016: Orangeville A's vs. Niagara River Lions (Away) 7PM

After a difficult road loss tonight, the A's will be heading home to rest up for the next regular season game on Thursday. The A's are set to take on the Niagara River Lions at the Meridian Centre, with tipoff set for 7PM. For more information on how to purchase tickets of your own and stay current on everything A's, head to AsBasketball.ca and NBLCanada.ca!

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