It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
River Lions net first-ever 3-game win streak - 2 days ago
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A funny thing has happened since the Niagara River Lions increased their Canadian content. The team hasn't lost. The River Lions now feature a league record eight Canadians, and on Wednesday night at Meridian Centre the team capped off their first ever three-game win streak with an impressive 121-98 victory over the first place Halifax Hurricanes. Two of those Canadians were key in the Lions latest win as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) (Scarborough) drained 23 points and pul... [read more]
A funny thing has happened since the Niagara River Lions increased their Canadian content. The team hasn't lost. The River Lions now feature a league record eight Canadians, and on Wednesday night at Meridian Centre the team capped off their first ever three-game win streak with an impressive 121-98 victory over the first place Halifax Hurricanes. Two of those Canadians were key in the Lions latest win as Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) (Scarborough) drained 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the games only double-double, while Tyler Murray (6'5''-PG-90, college: Wagner) (Toronto) - the team's new starting guard - dished out six assists, scored four points, recorded four rebounds and two steals. Murray has quietly become the River Lions quiet leader on and off the court. 'I guess you could say I'm the quiet leader,' said a smiling, and always well-spoken, Murray. 'We're playing up to our potential now. We have a group of guys that have bought in. Everybody, one through 12, is doing what they're supposed to be doing.' Niagara (14-25) opened a 33-24 first quarter lead and never looked back. The Hurricanes (27-12) entered the game as the top seed in the NBL Canada Atlantic Division standings. Prior to the game River Lions head coach Keith Vassell said he liked the match up against Halifax. Vassell was right as the Lions led in every offensive and defensive category, including rebounds, assists, turnovers, blocked shots and steals. 'We did a great job taking them out of their rhythm,' said Vassel. 'We believe in each other now. When you've gone through the trenches like we have, and lost all those games where we had the lead, it put us in a situation where all we can do is fight.' Carl Hall (6'8''-F-89, college: Wichita St., agency: HMS) led Niagara with 25 points. Sam Muldrow (6'9''-PF-88, college: S.Carolina) scored 23 and added nine rebounds, while Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. The River Lions close out their regular season Saturday night at home against the Orangeville A's. A win Saturday combined with an Orangeville loss on Sunday in London will vault the Lions into the playoffs. Murray's message for his team and the fans is simple going into Saturday's game. 'We just have to continue doing what we're doing,' said Murray. 'We can't settle for what the other team wants to give us. 'And for the fans, it's going to be another good one. We're facing the team we're in competition with the for last playoff spot. Be here, it's going to be a great game. 'What else you do you want? It's a great story at the very least,' added Vassell. Courtesy of: niagarafallsreview.ca
The London Lightning beat the Island Storm 123-117 on Tuesday to set an NBL Canada record with their 34th regular season win. The two teams were back-and-forth in the first quarter, but London was able to take a 34-22 lead going into the second. The Lightning remained ahead in the second frame and held a seven point lead at halftime. PEI made it close in the third, but London fought back to keep a 91-83 advantage heading into the fourth. The Storm continued to battle in the final frame, m... [read more]
The London Lightning beat the Island Storm 123-117 on Tuesday to set an NBL Canada record with their 34th regular season win. The two teams were back-and-forth in the first quarter, but London was able to take a 34-22 lead going into the second. The Lightning remained ahead in the second frame and held a seven point lead at halftime. PEI made it close in the third, but London fought back to keep a 91-83 advantage heading into the fourth. The Storm continued to battle in the final frame, making it a four point game with 19 seconds left on the clock. However, the Lightning held on to win with a six point advantage. Royce White (6'8''-F-91, college: Iowa St.) led London with 35 points and ten rebounds, while Kyle Johnson (6'5''-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, agency: Two Points) had 15 points and three rebounds. Marvin Phillips (6'7''-F/C-83, college: Claflin) also put up 14 points and four rebounds. The Lightning will face the Orangeville A's in their final regular season game on Sunday. Tip off is at 2pm in London. Courtesy of: blackburnnews.com
A's fall on the road to Niagara River Lions, 121-106 - 5 days ago
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After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was... [read more]
After losing a close one to the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans the night before, the Orangeville A's (15-22) headed to the Meridian Centre to take on the Niagara River Lions for a 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon game. Both teams started the game evenly matched offensively as an exchange of baskets ensued early. Anthony Harris continued his great play for the A's as he steadily hit shots and found his way to the basket for a 10-point opening quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) was right there with him to contribute 6 points of his own. Although the A's shot 38% from the field (10-26) and 3-8 from three-point range (3-8), the River Lions put them at the line for plenty of extra opportunities and the A's capitalized shooting 6-7 (87% FT). Nick Okorie (6'1''-PG-88, college: Texas Tech) led the way for Niagara with 8 points. The quarter ended with a close score of 32-28 for the Lions. The Niagara River Lions looked to continue their steady offence as they came out quick in the second quarter on a 5-1 run to take a 37-29 lead over the A's. Tyshawn Patterson, however, had different plans and he was huge for the A's off the bench back-to-back three pointers as part of his 16-point explosion in the frame. The A's were within two possessions of the River Lions through 7 minutes of the 2nd when the River Lions went on a 9-0 run to separate themselves from the A's, 59-45. Richard Amardi (6'9''-F-90, college: Oregon) scored 9 points while Samuel Murray contributed 8 points for the River Lions. The quarter ended with the Niagara River Lions up 67-54 over the Orangeville A's as they continued to battle. In the third quarter, the Niagara River Lions came out very polished as their fluent ball movement and aggressive rebounds allowed them to create separation from the A's. Richard Amardi continued his impressive play scoring 11 points by the mid mark of the frame. The A's Anthony Harris orchestrated the offence, passing and scoring to keep Orangeville in the game as he managed 7 points and 3 assists in the quarter. The offensive play for the Lions was very efficient as they finished the quarter with a score of 100-81. Even though the A's started the quarter down 100-81 they burst out into the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run courtesy of four points from Anthony Harris and another 6 from Alex Johnson as the A's cut the Lions lead to 11 points. The Lions adjusted and responded through Samuel Muldrow who scored 8 points in the frame. The A's tried to stay competitive through the play of Alex Johnson, Jameson Tippingg and Tyshawn Patterson but in the end the Lions walked away with the 121-106 win. Richard Amardi and Samuel Muldrow led Niagara scoring as both posted impressive double-doubles of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 23 points, 12 rebounds respectively. For the A's, Anthony Harris and Tyshawn Patterson led the way with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 24 points and 3 assists respectively. In the end four A's players finished in double-digits. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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