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Orangeville Loses Battle in the Paint in 91-109 Loss to London

March 18, 2017 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Orangeville A's News Release

ORANGEVILLE, ON - The opening quarter could have been confused for a track meet with the way the teams raced down the floor looking for transition scoring opportunities. It quickly became apparent that the up-tempo style of play wouldn't play in the A's favour as they often found themselves out of position when retreating back after a missed shot. Their defense on the interior was the most glaring issue and their poor defensive rebounding gave London the 2nd chance opportunities that allowed them to race out to an early 11-point lead. However, it seemed that their offense would keep them afloat with timely baskets from Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Anthony Harris. The A's quickly managed to close the gap to only 3 points but the Lightning's response saw them go back out in front by 9 to end the 1st quarter.

The 2nd quarter started as an offensive struggle for the A's and they had trouble making a dent in the early deficit. With every basket they fought for on one end, the Lighting had an answer for on the trip back down. London's Royce White led his team in points and his efficient scoring showed no signs of slowing down in the first half. Orangeville's Stefan Nastic did his best to attack him on the other end and force foul trouble in order to keep him off the floor. Without White's contributions the A's were momentarily able to chip away at the deficit but their runs wouldn't bring them closer than 4 points due to London's ability to constantly exploit the point for a total 26 points after 2 quarters. Although Orangeville moved the ball fairly well with 11 assists on 18 made shots, they turned over the ball just as much with 10 turnovers by halftime. The A's counted on Hollis-Jefferson to provide them with much needed scoring (9p, 4a) along with the help of Larry Anderson (9p, 4-5 FG), which proved to be a big part of getting within 6 points to end the half.

After outscoring London by 3 in the previous quarter, Orangeville found themselves trailing 47-53 when beginning the 2nd half. Despite the break in the action the A's still struggled with the same issues they encountered in the early portion of the game. They were getting beat off the glass and the 2nd chance points continued to hinder their ability to make a comeback. In addition, London's increasing ability to get to the line with their physical play often gave them the added bonus of keeping key players on the bench. Without a consistent scoring option, Orangeville wasn't able to keep up with the numbers put up by Doug Herring Jr. (13p, 5a) and the rest of the London Lightning. The frame was a difficult one for the A's and by the end of it they were once again trailing by 10-points to the visitors.

Going into the 4th down 69-79, the A's had their work cut out for them if they wanted to make another comeback in back-to-back nights. Their hopes quickly dissipated, as the Lightning had no intention of giving up any ground. They continued with their game-plan of generating offense from the inside and the contributions by Royce White (21p, 8r, 6a) & Doug Herring Jr. (22p, 9a) were the catalysts of the Lightning offense up until the end of the game. As the play increased so did London's advantage and without a response to the interior assault, Orangeville wasn't able to claw themselves back into the game resulting in a 91-109 loss.

By the numbers:

Interior Scoring: The Lightning outscored Orangeville by 56-30 from the inside

Crashing the glass: The A's were out rebounded by 54-40

2nd Chance Points: Orangeville allowed 19 second-chance points while only getting 4 for themselves


Monday, March 20th - Orangeville A's @ London Lightning - 7:00 pm EST


Sunday, March 26th - Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning - 3:00 pm EST

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