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A’s battle down to wire but come up short, 122-126 to the London Lightning

Released: March 12, 2017

ORANGEVILLE, ON - The Orangeville A's looked to bounce back against the top team in the Central division, the London Lightning (19-4) on this Sunday, March 12th after losing a close game to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (11-12) the night before on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

 

 

London Lightning quickly found their offence and managed an early 14-5 lead forcing the A's into a timeout at 7:15. An exchange of baskets ensued as each team matched bucket for bucket. A lack of defensive stops by the A's allowed the London Lightening to maintain their lead as they consistently attacked the paint for a total of 16 points in the paint for the quarter versus the A's 6. London's Garrett Williamson led the way with 7 points while Joel Friesen earned 6. Alex Johnson and newly-acquired Corbin Thomas led the way for the A's with 5 points each. The final score at the end of 1st quarter was 35-24 for London. (Corbin Thomas final: 19 points, 3 rebounds)

 

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Corbin Thomas (19p), Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (11p, 13a), and Stefan Nastic (19p, 9r) had big games for the A's

 

The third quarter started with Slim Magee scoring 6 straight points for the A's to bring the score to 72-67 for London within the first 30 seconds. The A's offense flowed smoothly through Stefan Nastic and defensive adjustments limited the Lightning's outside shooting as well. Rick Bodiford also added his own 5-0 run to give the A's their first lead of 79-78 at 6:49. The London Lightning retaliated through Royce White's offense as he reached a tally of 21 points with 12 coming from within the third quarter. The A's kept it close as the third quarter ended with a score of 95-90 for the London Lightning. (Stefan Nastic final: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists / Rick Bodiford final: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) 

 

The fourth quarter began with a London Lightning three pointer to give them some breathing room at 98-90. The A's responded and brought the game to within 5 points as their defensive aggression forced the Lightning to attack from within the paint. Nastic continued to contribute for the A's offense with 8 points inside. With A’s down one, 117-118, the London Lightning’s Ryan Anderson attacked the paint and kicked the ball out to an open Doug Herring Jr. who knocked down the clutch 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds on the clock to give London a 4 point lead, 121-117. That 3 ultimately led to the W for London, 126-122.

 

Royce White finished as London's top performer with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Garrett Williamson and Joel Friesen totaled with 17 of their own. Along with Stefan Nastic's 19 points, Corbin Thomas also contributed 19 points of his own along with 3 rebounds for the A's, while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored 11 and dished out 13 assists. 

 

NEXT GAME:

TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH - ORANGEVILLE A'S @ NIAGARA RIVER LIONS - 7:00 PM EST 

 

NEXT HOME GAMES:

FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH - ORANGEVILLE A'S VS. KW TITANS - 7:00 PM EST

SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH - ORANGEVILLE A'S VS. LONDON LIGHTNING - 3:00 PM EST

 

 

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