Orangeville A’s win 113-98 win over Windsor Express

March 17, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville’s A’s took an early in lead in Friday’s (Mar. 11) home game against the Windsor Express and managed to stay ahead for the full four quarters leaving the court with a 113-98 win over the Express.

“Our mantra today was ‘we can’t win on talent alone – we have to win on habits too’,” said A’s head coach Chris Thomas after Friday’s win. “We’re starting to build some great foundational habits which makes me happy as a coach.”

The A’s had a strong start leading 27-19 at the end of the first quarter and maintaining an eight point lead through the most of the second, before seeing the lead slip to three points, then ending the half at 53-40.

A’s guard Louis Munks led the scoring in the first quarter with seven points after 12 minutes in.

Starting the second half the squad clearly had the hoop in their sights in a game that saw scoring consistently including some buckets from the three-point range from Louis Munks, Flen Whitfield and Dominic Cheek.

The A’s opened the lead to 22 points late in the third quarter to make it a 70-48 game.

The fourth quarter got underway with a 19 point Orangeville lead.

“We moved the ball well. Anytime we can swing the ball to the second side of the floor, meaning shifting the defence, forcing them to close out long to us, we’re in really good position because we have shooters – Louis Munks, Flen Whitfield, Richard Amardi, we’ve got guys who can really shoot the basketball, so the faster we swing the ball the tougher the close-out is, the more our offence can do,” Thomas said. “We did a heck of a job defensively. Just looking at the stats, we held them to 45 per cent for the field, 29 percent from three. For us, if we can do that on a nightly basis, we can win every night.”

Thomas said that the team has shifted their pre-game planning from a game approach to a per-team approach.

“We’re starting now to adjust our game plan a little bit. Everything we do now is about the playoffs. The regular season is great but really what we’re gearing up for is the playoffs. Now we’re starting a game plan for specific teams as opposed to just playing our defensive foundation. They adjusted really well. We did a heck of a job carrying out our game plan to the floor.”

It was the third straight win for the A’s.

It was also the Orangeville A’s debut of former NBL Canadian player of the year (2014-15) Tyrone Watson who made his first appearance in the A’s jersey.

The Club also announced that Jameson Tipping is on the injured reserve list after sustaining a recent shoulder injury and showed up a the last A’s home game with his arm in a sling.

The A’s winning streak came to an end on Saturday night (Mar. 12) when they hosted the Niagara River Lions.

The Orangeville team had to settle for a 113-103 loss in that game.

The A’s again have at two game weekend coming up.

On Friday, March 18, they will host the Halifax Hurricanes at the Athlete Institute.

Game time is 7:00 p.m.

The following night, Saturday, March 19, they will again be on home court to face the Saint John Mill Rats.

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

By Brian Lockhart

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