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A's winning streak comes to an end, fall 107-97 to Saint John Riptide

Released: April 06, 2017

ORANGEVILLE, ON - It was a relatively slow shooting start for both sides, only scoring slightly over 30% of their first dozen shots. Although the Riptide took an early advantage in the important rebounding battle, they also led in turnovers which gave Orangeville the extra opportunities they needed to go back down to the other end.  The teams exchanged baskets for some time until the A’s stopped settling for jump shots and drew fouls by driving in the lane which opened  their entire offence. The Riptide were forced to focus more attention inside and the A’s took advantage pouring in shots from all over the floor. The A’s quickly went on a 11-2 run and had a 9-point lead. The accurate shooting eventually came to an end however and Saint John responded with a run of their own. By the time the dust settled in the 1st quarter, there was only a 1 point difference between the two.

 

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Orangeville managed to take a 25-24 lead into the 2nd quarter but the battle had just begun. The first quarter was a physical one and while there was a much-improved shooting performance late into the frame, the 2nd quarter was an all-out shootout. Enrico DiLoreto (8 points, 2-4 3PT FG) saw his first minutes and immediately contributed by making a 3 pointer to rebuild the A’s lead. The Riptide weren’t outdone, however, as Horace Wormley (11 points, 3-4 3PT FG) led the charge for his team with his outside scoring. Just as the A’s managed to reclaim their 9-point lead similarly to the 1st quarter, the Riptide came charging back. The rest of the quarter was another heated exchange and neither side would give up ground. Saint John continued to control the glass for 2nd chance opportunities, while Orangeville converted over 40% of their shots from deep. Alex Johnson (9 points, 3-3 3PT FG) sparked the A's offence but  Saint John retaliated down the stretch to edge out a 5-point lead. 

 

 

The Riptide now led by 59-54 to start the 2nd half but the A’s were poised to be able to get back in front. Having assisted on 23/26 baskets and shooting well above their season average from deep, the A’s simply had to adjust their defence and rebounding to chip away at the deficit. The first few minutes saw the A's improve in rebounding but their defensive intensity still needed improvement. Their collective adjustments at halftime saw the A's inching closer, and the balanced scoring made the defensive assignments for the Riptide extremely difficult. Conversely, Orangeville struggled with one player in particular as Anthony Anderson (24 points, 5 assists) did everything for the Riptide offence. The A’s got as close as 1-point but another late run by the Riptide kept Orangeville from getting back in front at the end of the third.

 

 

The A’s were now down 77-85 and needed to capitalize on every opportunity in order to pull off a 4th quarter comeback. After going on a 10-2 run in the first half of the frame, the momentum looked to finally be shifting in Orangeville’s favour. Rick Bodiford (18 points, 6 rebounds) was stepping to the forefront of the offence and the A's defence seemed to contain the explosive Saint John attack. With 87-89 on the scoreboard and over 6 minutes left to play, Orangeville fans were hopeful that a final push could see them out to victory. That moment was short-lived however as turnovers, cold shooting and the aggressive play of Gabe Freeman (24 points, 8 rebounds) down the stretch created a run for the Riptide that put the nail in the coffin for the 107-97 Riptide victory.

 

By the numbers:

Turnovers: Orangeville turned the ball over 21 times and allowed 24 points off those giveaways

Bench Scoring: The A’s bench was outscored 32-26

Perimeter Defense: The A’s struggled to limit perimeter scoring, allowed the Riptide to shoot 44% (11-25) from behind the arc.

 

 

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