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Strong's 44 Points Not Enough as Power Fall

January 11, 2015
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January 11, 2015 – National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) Mississauga Power

(Charlottetown, PEI -) The Power went to work against the Atlantic Division leading P.E.I. Island Storm but after leading most of the game Mississauga succumbed to the Storm with a 109-103 loss. Guard Omar Strong had a monster performance with a franchise record 44 points and 11 three pointers. Strong also added five rebounds and went nine-for-nine from the free throw line. Chad Posthumus added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the visitors.

Nine points from downtown by guard Warren Ward and two post-up’s from centre Chad Posthumus gave the Power a strong 11-4 lead to quash the Island Storm’s tempo. But the best team in East finally found a rhythm to regain control and a 17-15 lead. It was one of the most athletic quarters of basketball the Power were faced with but they kept the pace and did not back down to keep it a close match. Guard Jabs Newby got banged up on the way to the basket and still laid the ball in for a contested two points. Mississauga played on to a 25-21 lead at the end of the quarter.

Strong dropped a difficult three in the corner, eventually going four-for-four from three point range by the six minute mark. Mississauga deflated the Island Storm with a 45-33 lead and led by as many as 12 points in the frame. As the half wound down the Island Storm hit a buzzer beater for two points but the Mississauga was still in the driver’s seat with a 46-54 lead.

Strong carried his hot shooting into the third quarter with another six points to bring his total up to 20 on the night. The Power controlled majority of the game until midway into the quarter when the Island Storm began to pile on 11 points, led by P.E.I. guard Billy Rush with eight points in the frame, to make it a 65-60 ball game. The Power had to switch gears on defence to focus on making stops but the Island Storm took a one point lead. The quarter would have ended with momentum favouring the Island Storm but Strong was fouled at midcourt with less than a minute left and hit both free throws to close out the quarter with Mississauga in the lead 74-73.

P.E.I. took an 84-80 lead in the first three minutes, forcing a Power time out. Mississauga did not come out of it as well as they’d hoped and trailed 89-80 a few minutes later. The Power found a spark when Posthumus got fouled on his way to the basket and completed a three-point play. The Power got their stop and Strong came up with a deep three to make it a one point game thanks to an eight point run. Posthumus pulled down his 11th board to lead the team as they continued to outrebound the Island Storm 44-34. The balanced attack was working and Strong hit another three to retake the lead 93-92. Strong put the team on his shoulders and hit his 40th point to put the Power within a point of P.E.I.’s 100 point lead. Down by two with 16.8 remaining, the Power couldn’t seal the deal and fell 109-103 to the Island Storm.

The Power come back home to the Hershey Centre to face Peel Rival the Brampton A’s on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

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National Basketball League of Canada Stories from January 11, 2015

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  • Strong’s 44 Points Not Enough as Power Fall – Mississauga Power
  • Storm Knocks out Power for 6th Straight – Island Storm

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Article source: http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4914433

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