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Power Win Nail Biter, 96-94

February 9, 2015
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February 8, 2015 – National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) Mississauga Power

Mississauga powered on to shut down the London Lightning with a masterful 96-94 win that was highlighted by tremendous defence and ball sharing. Warren Ward was named the Peak Performer of the Game with a team highs 25 points and three steals plus seven rebounds. Omar Strong was close by with 22 points shooting 6-for-10 from the perimeter and 4-for-4 from the free throw line that eventually clinched the nail biting victory.

A very slow start held the Power back on the tail end of an 11-3 deficit. On the stats sheet it may have looked like the Power had no chance but little by little Mississauga’s offence heated up. In two minutes the Power went on an 8-2 run and came within two of London’s 13 point benchmark. Guard Omar Strong put the team on his shoulders with consecutive three’s in the final two minutes to put Mississauga back in the game. London only held a 17-14 lead.

The Power went on a defensive grind to make it a one point game with the Lightning barely in the lead. Forward Marcus Capers had the most impact with a fast break dunk and another dunk to draw a foul. Capers tied the game at 23 points with his and-one free throw. Centre Paul Cooper broke out for seven points in the frame but his hustle on the glass was the game changer for Mississauga’s defence. Coop’s three boards helped the Power outrebound the Lightning 23-21 at the end of the half while London took a 38-37 lead into halftime.

Guard Warren Ward, last week’s NBLC Player of the Week, kicked off the half by draining a corner three. Then Mississauga native guard Tut Rauch dropped a three of his own to give Mississauga its first lead at the half at 48-47. Both squads exchanged points and couldn’t make it past a one point margin. Capers’ defence was the difference maker since he provided key stops and a monster block under the basket. Two missed London free throws gave Mississauga the chance to turn the game around. Guard Tyrone Garland gave the Power a 66-64 edge en route to a 70-67 lead over the Lightning once time ran out in the third quarter.

Strong sank his fifth three pointer of the night to keep the lead until the Lightning tied the game at 75 points. Capers added another blocked shot and two more defensive stops; needless to say it wasn’t London’s day to play one-on-one with Capers. But the Lightning kept it close until Ward hit the three pointer of the night to put the Power ahead 94-88. London clawed back with a three of their own to make it a one point game but Mississauga never lost control and closed out the match for a 96-94 victory.

Mississauga will be back in action on Valentine’s Day where there is no love lost between the Power and their Peel Rival the Brampton A’s. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. on the last regular season match up at home between the rivals.

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National Basketball League of Canada Stories from February 8, 2015

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  • Power Win Nail Biter, 96-94 – Mississauga Power
  • Lightning Defeated by Power – London Lightning
  • Miracles Couldn’t Weather the Storm – Moncton Miracles
  • Storm Wins Both Ends of Home and Home vs Moncton – Island Storm

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