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 (6'9''-F-88, college: Washburn) (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 (6'4''-G-87, college: IU Southeast) 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 (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) 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 (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley) (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. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
River Lions net first-ever 3-game win streak - 15 hours 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 - 3 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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