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Orangeville A's fall to the London Lightning in a classic, 140-130

Released: March 26, 2017

 ORANGEVILLE, ON - Another Sunday afternoon means another Orangeville A's (11-17) home game as they set out to battle against the London Lightning (24-4) this March 26th, 2017. Both teams came out firing and scored from all areas of the floor. The A's were fluid with ball movement and were especially hot shooting 100% (6-6) from the field and from the line (3-3) in the first five minutes of the quarter. Rick Bodiford led with six points for the A's. For the London Lightning, Ryan Anderson and Garrett Williamson led the way with 8 points and 7 points respectively. After a closely contested 12 minutes, the first quarter ended with a score of 33-37 in favour of the London Lightning. (Rick Bodiford final: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists)

 

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Larry Anderson finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds on 8/11 FG

 

The second quarter started with the same intense energy as both teams traded baskets. Once the A's began to miss their field goals, the London Lightning quickly capitalized and built their largest lead of 13 at 8:45. Larry Anderson continued his productivity off the bench and added 5 points for the A's for a total of 10 points; tying as A's top scorer alongside Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. London's Ryan Anderson continued his hot shooting as well for a total of 22 points including a perfect 6-6 from three-point range. For the A's it was a balanced team effort with the bench scoring 23 points to the Lightning's 9. The quarter ended with a coast-to-coast lay-up for Anthony Harris to bring the A's within two possessions as London led 69-65 at half time. (Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson final: 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists)

 

The third quarter kicked off with London generating a 7 point lead and the A's bouncing right back courtesy of a 6-0 run from Anthony Harris for a score of 77-78 for London at 8:39. Within a few possessions the A's took their first lead with an Anthony Harris lay-up for a score of 84-82. As the frame continued, both sides exchanged the lead several times trying to establish a cushion. Anthony Harris and Larry Anderson were huge in the quarter with 8 points each. Garrett Williamson, Royce White and Ryan Anderson led scoring for the Lightning with 21, 16 and 31 respectively. The quarter ended with the Lightning up 103-96. (Royce White final: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists / Garrett Williamson final: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) 

 

The final quarter saw the A's hold their composure and close the gap to tie the game up 105-105. A series of foul calls against the A's eventually saw Stefan Nastic get his fifth foul and the Lightning held a 113-108 lead. This electric game stayed close throughout until London's Julian Boyd delivered a tough blow to the A's with a clutch three-pointer with 44 seconds remaining to extend their lead to 6, 134-128. The A's were unable to respond with their own three pointers and were forced to foul. Ultimately, the London Lightning were victorious with a final score of 140-130. Ryan Anderson finished as London's top scorer with 35 points (7-10 from three-point range). This was a full A's effort with seven players in double figures and with the A's bench outscoring the Lightning 51 to 34. Rightfully so, Anthony Harris finished as top scorer for the A's with a total of 22 points followed by Larry Anderson with 21 points. (Ryan Anderson final: 35 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists / Anthony Harris final: 22 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists / Larry Anderson final: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists.)

 



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