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Orangeville Edged out by Halifax in OT, Lose 126-121

March 18, 2016 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

Tyrone Watson of the Orangeville A's
Tyrone Watson of the Orangeville A's
(Orangeville A's)

ORANGEVILLE, ON - On the back of Hurricane's guard Shane Gibson's 42 point performance and an overtime period of play, the Orangeville A's were overcome at home by the Halifax Hurricanes. A's guard Dominic Cheek led all Orangeville players in scoring, finishing with 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.

After benefiting from five days of rest since their last regular season game, the Orangeville A's (8-17) played host to the NBLC leaders, the Halifax Hurricanes (17-7). Despite receiving a comfortable rest the A's were forced to play tonight's game with an injury depleted roster, with only 8 active players suiting up for Orangeville.

Orangeville compensated for their lack of reserves by playing a strong, physical game against the Hurricanes. A's guard Dominic Cheek made an athletic reverse layup plus the foul to stretch the A's lead to 23-16 with less than 3:34 remaining in the quarter. After stringing together a strong finish to the 1st, Halifax would move on to lead Orangeville 28-24 at the end of the quarter.

The hometown A's were unable to regain the lead over the Hurricanes for the entire 2nd, after falling behind 13 points with 3:27 remaining in the quarter. A's guard Cheek led all players in scoring at the half, with 14 points and 3 rebounds. The Hurricanes finished the 2nd quarter with only a 1 point lead over the A's, 51-50, with teams shooting 54% (HAL) and 36% (ORA) from the field after 24 minutes.

After shooting 50% as a team during the 3rd, Orangeville was able to keep the game tight against the top ranked team in the NBLC. A's forward Richard Amardi became an immediate scoring threat in the 3rd, dropping 12 points in the quarter while finishing the game with a total of 24 points and 5 rebounds.

A's forward Tyrone Watson put up a monster 4th for the A's, scoring 10 of his 11 points during the final quarter of play. A's leading scorer Justin Moss was also extremely effective late in the game tonight, scoring on 4 straight possessions to close out the game. On the heels of a last second and-one basket by Hurricane's guard Clifford Clinkscales the score was tied 108-108 at the end of regulation.

During overtime Halifax would take a lead as high as 9 points, seeing the A's unable to slow down the Hurricane's offense in the final period of play. The A's would bring the difference to as little as 5 points at the final buzzer, finishing the game with a tally of 126-121.

Key Game Notes:

The A's had difficulty scoring from the 3PT today, going 26% (6/23) in the 1st half, finishing the game with 32% (13/41) from long range.

Even with a small bench, the A's put up a huge scoring effort tonight with 3 players scoring over 20.

Da'Quan Brooks finished the game with an impressive 15 assists, over the span of 41:06 minutes played.

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Tyrone Watson of the Orangeville A's
Tyrone Watson of the Orangeville A's


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