Even though they have a one win edge against Brampton in the five games played so far this NBLC season, it would appear the Ottawa SkyHawks have had enough of the A’s squad.
And last night’s 114-101 loss at the Powerade Centre couldn’t have helped the sentiment for Ottawa head coach Jaren Jackson and his nine players dressed for the match.
“We’ve played Brampton so many times, it’s like Game 5 of the playoffs,” said Jackson. “It’s time to play somebody else.”
Jackson, who took over the coaching duties following the November 25th firing of Kevin Keathley after just the first seven games of the season, should know a little something about Game 5 of the playoffs. In 1999, Jackson won an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs beating the New York Knicks in the fifth game of The Finals.
Following his 13-year professional playing career, Jackson has guided teams to success from the bench in the NCAA, CBA, and the ABA. He coached the NBLC St. John Mill Rats last year.
Ottawa played the home squad A’s evenly into the fourth quarter of last night’s game, but Brampton once again dominated the court in the late-going with about six minutes remaining and eventually outscored the SkyHawks 34-22 in the final period.
“They made a nice little run on us,” said Jackson. “I knew they were going to come with a lot of energy against us and they played very aggressive the whole game and they sustained it.”
Brampton guard Melvin Council, above, pumped in a season high 24 points in the game. And Evaldas Zabas topped the scoring chart with 29 points for the night while on the floor for a team high 36 minutes, below.
With the loss, Ottawa stays one game above .500 with a 9-8 record while Brampton heads into a two-game Peel Region Rivalry with Mississauga to try and pad their 12-5 league leading record.
Below, Brampton head coach David Magley holds court during a fourth period timeout. Brampton and Ottawa have another three games against each other to decide the season series winner.