No Hershey Centre Kisses

There were handshakes after the game following the Brampton A’s 110-99 win against the Mississauga Power in National Basketball League of Canada action tonight at The Hershey Centre.
But chocolates and hand-made Valentines cards? Nope. There’s no time for sentimentality from either squad, even though both teams get a ‘second date’ tomorrow in a back-to-back Peel Region rematch at the Brampton’s home Powerade Centre court.
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Once again, Brampton dominated the court throughout the game, with six players scoring in double digits and Bryson Johnson coming up one point short to make that seven players.
Brampton’s Flenard Whitfield, below, made the most of one of his two field goals with a monster slam in the second half.
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And it was all Brampton in the second half.
The A’s took their nine point halftime lead and blasted out of the gates taking a commanding 26 point lead at one point in the third quarter.
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“We’re getting better at executing some sets that we haven’t done before and we’re just starting to figure some stuff out,” said Brampton Head Coach and GM David Magley following the game.
Some of the other stuff the A’s figured out tonight was how to keep their lead intact going into the late minutes of the fourth quarter.
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“We haven’t been good at closing deals,” said Magley. “We’ve gotten big leads and we’ve let people back by turning it over. And the key stat (tonight) was we had 29 assists compared to eight turnovers. That’s really good. If we can do that every night we’re going to beat a lot of teams.”
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The two squads tipoff again tomorrow at 2 p.m. and Coach Magley is hoping to get four points out of the weekend of basketball.
“Our big goal was to get the first one, because it’s one game at a time for us,” he said. “We have to have a short memory and forget about what the season standings look like. We just needed to get this game and get some rest and then we need to get it done tomorrow.”

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