A’s drop second straight to London

January 20, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Orangeville hosted familiar faces at the Athlete Institute on Saturday (Jan. 16) as the A’s welcomed the London Lightning for the tail end of a two game season series.

Both teams met the previous Sunday in Orangeville in a close game that saw London edge out Orangeville in the dying minutes, 111-106.Orangeville entered today’s Saturday’s matchup with a 2-3 record on the season, hoping to gain some ground against London (5-2) in the Central Division standings race.

Despite the fact Orangeville entered today’s contest a single game under .500, the A’s boasted an impressive rebounding margin of 5.0 and offensive rebounding per game average of 15.4 making them the second best rebounding team in the National Basketball League of Canada.

In the first quarter the London Lightning got off to an early start, leading 17-10 over Orangeville after six minutes of play. The A’s fell into early foul trouble, allowing London to score six points at the free throw line out of seven attempts during the first quarter.

Justin Moss provided some desperately needed offense during the first, scoring ten points and grabbing eight rebounds along the way. The A’s finished the quarter with a deficit of ten points trailing 31-21.Orangeville caught fire early in the second quarter closing the gap to two points with 5:35 remaining.

Thanks to a concentrated effort on defense, the A’s were able to slow down London’s interior scoring and forced them to take contested shots.

The A’s managed to grab a late second quarter lead of 55-53 with 1:36 to play in the first half thanks to efforts of Moss, who finished the half with an impressive 21 points.

Orangeville finished the 1st half with a 3 point deficit, 60-57.

The A’s weren’t going to go down without a fight, pulling within five points at the 9:55 mark of the fourth quarter.

Flenard Whitfield kicked it into high gear pouring in 8 points and finishing with a tally of 19.

London and Orangeville traded several buckets back and forth, seeing the lead grow to as much as 10 points with 7:30 remaining in the 4th quarter.

Orangeville wasn’t able to find a way to slow down London player’s Tyshawn Patterson and Stephen Maxwell, who finished the game with 24 points each.

The game’s final score was 123-108.

The A’s will be back on their home court at the Athlete Institute on Friday, January 22, to host the Niagara River Lions.

The tip off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

By Brian Lockhart

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