The Lightning may have been in the house last night to play the Brampton A’s in a National Basketball League of Canada match at the Powerade Centre, but the hometown A’s were only concerned with one thing against the London squad: makin’ it rain.
And rain it did.
The A’s provided a slow and steady deluge of points in a 123-111 victory just a day after pulling off a thrilling fourth quarter comeback at home against league-leading Windsor Express.
The A’s players were even doing a little rain dance on the sidelines in the fourth quarter, egging on their teammates with a decisive lead going into the final minutes.
And there weren’t too many Brampton ballers who didn’t have a hand in the precipitation of Wilsons through the hoop on the night. Eight A’s scored in the double digits with Brent Jennings, below, once again being the biggest rainmaker with 24 points scored.
That stat gives head coach David Magley a lot of options when he points down to the bench, below, to bring in replacements.
In fact there is only one question on his mind heading into the week before Christmas.
“Who do you stop?” he asked. “I mean, really, you want to go up against Akeem Ellis? Okay, we’ll take him out and put Brian Oliver in. You want to go against Tyshwan Edmondson? We’ll take him out and put Akeem Scott in. You want to go against Cavell Johnson and Brent Jennings? We’ll put in Richard Amardi and Flenard Whitfield. We’ve just got really good depth.”
The only real source of spark for the Lightning head coach Carlos Knox, below, and his squad was shooter Zane Johnson, 3, who had a good hand from outside the three point line going 7 for 12 and pulling in 25 total points.
After a poor start to the season which saw Brampton go winless in their first five games, the A’s squad has turned things around in dramatic fashion.
“It seems like we’re finding our identity,” said Magley. “We’re starting to recognize that our length and speed is an advantage. We just played the two best teams in the league back to back and beat them. So that’s a really good feeling for us. And for a team that started 0 and 5 to be 7 and 2 in the last nine games – we’re pretty thrilled with this.”