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LONDON, ON - Shots were falling early on the offensive end for Orangeville and their excellent ball movement opened up opportunities all over the floor. Anthony Harris controlled the A’s offense and his 9 points (4-5 FG) were essential to giving them an early lead right out of the gate. Their play on the other end of the floor left room for improvement but was good enough to keep the Lightning at bay for a significant portion of the quarter by forcing turnovers and limiting outside scoring. Most of London’s opportunities came from the free throw line and the A’s would have to limit foul trouble in order to keep the opposition from gaining ground. Although the Lightning weren’t as cohesive early on, as their fans are used to, they only trailed by 3 points to end the quarter.
Stefan Nastic had 21 points, 12 rebounds in the contest
The 2nd quarter saw the A’s start in front 25-22. The Lightning came out with an increase in defensive intensity to start the 2nd. Consequently, the A’s found themselves at the foul line more frequently. Orangeville made sure to take advantage of the added opportunities and their control of the game took small steps forward. Their work off the glass was much improved from the last matchup and the 2nd chance points also gave them much needed extra looks at the basket. The game was played at a relatively slower pace as well which benefitted the Orangeville side considering that their most efficient offense came from inside the paint. At one point, the A’s held a 12-point lead in the quarter and virtually every player who touched the floor contributed on the scoreboard. Stefan Nastic was doing most of the damage for the A’s (10p, 7r) and London visibly struggled to contain the 7’0" centre. Royce White (13p, 5-7 FG) began to attack Nastic in the paint and drew fouls. His presence and intensity on the floor carried over to his teammates, amounting to a late run to bring London within 3-points to end the half.
Although they began the quarter with a 54-51 lead, the A’s were disappointed to have ended the half on such a poor note considering their great play. Their preventable mistakes at the end of the previous quarter not only cost them a sizeable lead, but also the momentum they controlled for much of the game. To the pleasure of the home fans, the Lightning picked up where they left off and charged out to a 64-60 lead; erasing the deficit within minutes. The A’s did not trail for long as they responded with a 10-3 run and both sides exchanged the lead back-and-forth until the end of the quarter. London managed to end the frame in front by 1, but neither team seemed to seize control of the game. The 3rd quarter was the lowest scoring of the game at that point and it was evident that neither side could capitalize on the increasing pace of the game.
The 73-72 lead for London was short-lived once again and the battle continued for much of the quarter. Nastic (15p, 9r) was a key figure for the Orangeville offense but once Doug Herring Jr. (20p, 5a) really got going for the London side, the Lightning’s offense exploded on a 13-4 run down the stretch. Their shots were falling from all over and on the defensive end they locked down their respective matchups. As the lead grew larger, so did the Orangeville mishaps that severely cut into the time they had available to make a late comeback. London’s offense kept rolling and the A’s would lose the game on the road, 99-93.
By The Numbers:
Turnovers: Orangeville gave the ball away 25 times, leading to 33 points
Behind the Arc: The A’s shot a dismal 18% (5-27) from the 3-point line
Foul Trouble: The A’s were on the wrong side of the whistle, notching 32 team fouls in the game
NEXT HOME GAME:
Sunday, March 26th - Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning - 3:00 pm EST