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Mississauga Powers on in High Scoring Victory over Mill Rats

November 21, 2014
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November 20, 2014 – National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) Mississauga Power

(Mississauga, ON -) The Power defeated the Atlantic leading Saint John’s Mill Rats in their first game of a cross-division road trip. The battle went through 23 lead changes before the Power shut the Mill Rats down in their 134-119 victory.

The Power’s four days of training showed in the opening minutes. Team scoring leader Omar Strong led the way to a 10-7 lead where Mississauga created a strong presence in the paint. Forward Travis Releford and Centre Paul Cooper used their length and strength to battle for key offensive rebounds for a handful of second chance points. The Mill Rats did not waiver to the Power’s strong interior game and went off beyond the arc. Guard Alex Johnson’s shooting heated up at the perfect time and scored five points in the final few minutes. Both Saint John and Mississauga were neck and neck and went through seven lead changes until the Power closed the quarter leading 36-34.

The key match-up of Saint John guard Aquille Carr and Johnson finally came out in the second quarter. Carr already had eight points on the board and shot 57 per cent from the field, forcing the Power to adjust their defence. “Superman” Johnson took the reins on the adjustment with eight instrumental points to build a 52-47 lead. But it wasn’t enough to keep the Mill Rats from coming back to lead 56-55. The Power were at the mercy of a Saint John 17-7 run, trailing 57-63 at the half.

The pressure was on Mississauga to respond and the crew elevated their defence. Mississauga’s discipline shined in their comeback on their way to a 73-68 lead. With under three minutes to go the Power were hanging by a thread to a two point lead and were looking for a final shift in momentum. Guard Tut Ruach worked Saint John’s defence and drew a crucial foul on the way to the basket. His two points at the line sent the Power to an 85-83 lead. Strong took a page from Ruach and used Saint John’s aggressiveness to his advantage and went to the free throw line for another two points. The game was gridlocked at 87 points at the whistle.

The battle went full throttle in the final frame where there was one momentum change after the other. Mississauga’s pressure led to a few crumbling plays on the Mill Rats part. It all came together for the Power when Strong was fouled shooting a three, hit the three and the free throw for a four point play, disqualifying Mill Rats guard Jabs Newby with his sixth foul. In Saint John’s run for the win they made a few trips to the line but couldn’t hold their own to Mississauga’s sharp shooting. Strong was hot and nailed another three for a 112-104 lead, followed by another three ball from “Superman” Johnson. The Mill Rats hung around and cut the Power’s 12 point lead to six but Mississauga protected their house and won 134-119 thanks to a commanding fourth quarter.

The Power were led by the back court tandem of the ever so clutch Omar Strong and the hard working Alex “Superman” Johnson. Strong contributed 28 points, four assists and shot 57 per cent from three point land. Johnson racked up 20 points and eight assists.

Mississauga will take on Peel Rival Brampton A’s at the Powerade Centre on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. and will be back at home on Sunday Dec. 7 to take on the Windsor Express at 2 p.m.

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