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ORANGEVILLE, ON - Once the ball was tossed for tip off, the A’s wasted no time in getting their offense rolling. Orangeville scored the first 9 points of the ball game, mostly through physical post-up moves and fast-break drives, as they immediately put pressure on the visitors. For most of the quarter they also dominated the glass and limited second chance points, but Windsor eventually broke through. The Express responded with an 11-2 run where they sprinted to the basket in transition before the A’s could get set. Through the play of Juan Pattilo (10 points, 5-6 FG) & Logan Stutz (8 points, 3-4 FG), Windsor took their first lead of the night and it was a contentious struggle for the lead on every trip. Unfortunately for the A’s, their turnovers became a glaring issue and the Express took advantage of every opportunity. After ending the quarter on the wrong end of an 11-2 run, Orangeville trailed by 23-32 to end the 1st quarter.
A's Player of the Game Rick Bodiford scored 19 points on 8/12 shooting (3/4 from 3-point range)
Although the A’s started the game on a hot streak, they struggled to break out of their slump going into the 2nd quarter. What started as an 11-point deficit, quickly became 17 with Windsor exploiting Orangeville’s interior protection. Their inability to contain the scorching Express offense or have a consistent scoring option on the other end of the floor saw the A’s fall behind by as much as 68-40 down the stretch of the quarter. Pattilo (14 points, 7-10 FG) rarely missed shots for Windsor and Stutz (18 points, 7-8 FG) continued to lead the 2nd unit as they scored a whopping 40 points. With the large gap separating both sides, the A’s began to rely on 3-point shooting to make a comeback but were fairly unsuccessful and went 2-6 from behind the arc. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson led Orangeville’s first half scoring effort with 9 points, but the A’s needed to make drastic improvements to their offensive execution in order to make a push in the 2nd half.
The 2nd half began with Orangeville trailing by 46-67, but after the break it seemed like Orangeville was finally back on track. Rick Bodiford was quick to get the A’s on the board with a pair of baskets and Anthony Harris was right behind him with a few baskets of his own. The defensive effort still had room for improvement but before long the A’s were within 7-points. Everything was clicking on the offensive end and a few timely baskets could have gotten the game squared up. However, with their perimeter defense giving up over 40% shooting, every step forward they took was answered with another 2 steps back. Not only were Stutz & Patillio still scoring at an incredible rate, but Tony Bennett (17 points, 6-8 FG) was also scoring at will against the spotty A’s defense. By the time the quarter was over, Orangeville was back where they started and down 83-102.
Trailing by a sizeable margin going into the 4th quarter, the A’s needed their game plan to work smoothly if they wanted to chip away at the deficit. Offensively they continued to find success by driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line through physical contact, but their glaring holes on defense caused the gap on the scoreboard to grow quicker than they could keep up with. The A’s continued to give their all to every possession and the combination of Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (18 points, 8 Rebounds) & Anthony Harris (20 points, 10 Assists) were great in the final minutes albeit in a 118-139 losing effort.
By the numbers:
2nd Unit Scoring: The Orangeville bench was outscored by 42-73
Turnover points: A’s gave the ball away 16 times resulting in 18 Express points