Sometimes the result of a basketball game isn’t determined on the court.
Sometimes, like last night’s National Basketball League of Canada match between the Windsor Express and the home team Brampton A’s, the battle to win the game comes down to the coaches on the bench.
And according to Brampton A’s coach David Magley, pictured below, visiting bench boss Bill Jones was the reason the visiting Express squad finished the night with a thrilling 126-121 double overtime win at the Powerade Centre.
“He’s just a better coach,” Magley humbly summarized after the game. “He out-coached me. Coach Jones made great adjustments, I didn’t. He came out and did the things he needed to do to win.”
Windsor forward Chris Commons dropped a game-leading 30 points into the bucket while Brampton’s Cavell Johnson, below, led the A’s squad with 19.
Evaldas Zabas, below left, had 17 points, two assists, and seven rebounds.
Melvin Council, below, topped the charts with five assists but managed only eight points from the floor on the evening.
“My guys are great kids,” said Magley. “They played their heart outs, but I’ve got to make better adjustments.”
Windsor leads the league in wins with 26 to their credit while Brampton remains second overall with a 22-11 record. So, is Windsor the team to beat this year?
“Absolutely,” said Magley. “Without a doubt, the best team in the league.”