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ORANGEVILLE, ON - The Athlete Institute was packed for this Family Day matchup as the Orangeville A's (7-10) hosted the Niagara River Lions (6-11).
The first quarter was close throughout as the A's shot 11-24 from the field and 3-8 from three point range while the Lions shot 11-20 and 3-7 from three. Foul trouble for the Lions put the A's ahead with a score of 33-30 at the end of one. Rick Bodiford led the way for the A's with 9 points, shooting a perfect 5-5 while Justin Moss added another 8 including a two-handed power jam. Richard Amardi was the top scorer for the Lions as he racked up 10 points. (Bodiford final: 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists)
Jake Anderson (left) and Justin Moss (right) combined for 48 points
The second quarter continued the same way the first one ended. The A's appeared to have a slight edge on the River Lions but could not extend their lead beyond 5 points. The A's bench was outstanding as they totalled 32 points versus the River Lions' bench which had 21. A late response by the Lions, including a steal by Tyshawn Patterson led to a Kirk Williams Jr. buzzer beater lay-up to give the Lions a 1-point lead over the A's with a score of 60-59 at the half. Moss of the Orangeville A's and Amardi of the Niagara River Lions both increased their totals to 16 points and 4 rebounds at halftime.
The third quarter started off chippy as a technical foul was called on Rick Bodiford for an illegal screen on Chris Commons of the Lions, which Commons took exception to. The quarter continued with numerous lead changes as neither team was able to pull away beyond six points. Jake Anderson had a huge quarter for the A's as he scored 13 of his 16 points. The quarter ended with a Lions lead of 88-86. This was a full A's effort across the board as five players ended the quarter in double-digits. (Anderson final: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists)
The fourth quarter started with a ton of energy as both sides came punching, yet the Lions were able to muster an early six point lead. The A's responded several times and managed to tie the game at the 5:07 mark at 103-103, thanks to a Jake Anderson three-pointer forcing the Lions to take a time out. The battle continued with each team responding to each respective lead. With the A's in the lead (117-116) and 4.5 seconds left the Niagara River Lions had half-court possession and ran an inbound's play for none other than their leading scorer, Richard Amardi who hit the turn-around jumper for the 118-117 win over the A's. Amardi finished the game with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Moss ended as the A's leading scorer and racked up 27 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists.