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Although the matchup between the Moncton Miracles and the Orangeville A’s kicked off with an exchange of 3-point shots, the first quarter quickly became about physical post play and quick drives to the basket. The Miracles took the early lead and Melvin Johnson III (11 points, 5-10 FG) was the primary contributor for their offense. His quick first step got him past his assigned matchup and was often laying the ball in without much resistance. The A’s weren’t behind for long however and Da’Quan Cook was aggressive in the low post. As he got himself settled, opportunities from beyond the arc began to open up and Orangeville didn’t hesitate to take full advantage. Jameson Tipping (8 points, 2-3 3PT FG) was particularly on target as the A’s finished the first quarter with a total five 3-pointers. Once they were on a roll, they were a hard team to stop and before long their hot shooting led them to a huge 38-22 lead to end the quarter.
Justin Moss was big in tonight's win with 22 points (7/10 FG) and 8 Rebs
After an explosive offensive effort in the first, the 2nd quarter continued to push the gap in favour of the A’s. They quickly took a 20-point lead and the ball movement was remarkable with every player getting their name on the score sheet. Not only was their offense scoring at will, but their pesky defensive effort nabbed them several steals and allowed them to push the ball on fast breaks. Midway through the quarter, Orangeville led 56-31 and shot just under 50% while limiting the Miracles to 38%, which only served to strengthen their position. Meanwhile, Moncton struggled to find any consistency on offense with their leading scorer only able to knock in 2 points in the frame. Anthony Harris (16 points, 6-10 FG) was the leading scorer for the A’s at halftime but the A’s 18 assists and 4 scorers in double digits was exemplary of their unselfish offense on display.
Heading into the 2nd half, the A’s were firmly in control and leading the Miracles by a whopping 73-43. Moncton made an early push out of the gate and although Orangeville’s huge rebounding advantage limited second chance points, the offensive prowess of Melvin Johnson III (23 points, 9-16 FG) was once again on full display. His knack of getting to the basket got his team back within 21 and he looked to continue chipping away at the deficit. From that point it was a back and forth battle where physicality alone couldn’t stop players from getting to the basket and execution in defensive rotations had to be on point in every possession. As the quarter wore on, Moncton were the ones playing without fault and with a minute left in the 3rd quarter they had trimmed the lead to 9 points. Melvin Johnson III continued to be a force but it was the play of Tydran Beaty (20 points, 6-13 FG) alongside him that put them over the top. Once the buzzer sounded to indicate the end of the quarter, Moncton had outscored the A’s 44-23 in the frame but were still down 87-96 going into the fourth.
With their lead suffering a huge blow in the 3rd, the A’s had to retrieve their 1st half form in order to keep the Miracles at bay and in the first few minutes they did exactly that. Orangeville was back to playing at a high-octane pace and were often the first to every loose ball. In half-court sets they moved the ball to open shooters and cutters to the basket and before long they were leading by 115-97. Anthony Harris (29 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds) was huge down the stretch, whether he was dishing out a pinpoint pass or attacking the lane himself for a bucket. Slim Magee (14 points, 13 rebounds) was also a huge factor on the interior as he pulled in rebounds and impacted countless shots at the rim. The A’s had no intention of letting Moncton back into the game and their great play sealed a 133-108 victory.
By the Numbers:
Owning the glass: The A’s dominated the boards and out rebounded Moncton 64-38
Ball Movement: Orangeville finished with 35 total assists on the game
Team effort: 7 of 8 active players contributed over 12 points