Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brampton A's defeat USA Pro All-Stars in final preseason game

Anthony Harris hitting one of the A's 17 threes on the night in a 160-122 win over USA Pro All-Stars.
Brampton, ON — In its final tuneup before the 2014-15 NBL Canada regular season, the Brampton A’s defeated USA Pro All-Stars 160-122. 

Showcasing its up tempo offence in front of 1,600 fans on “Toonie Tuesday”, the A’s smashed its season goal of scoring 130 ppt by spreading the wealth and seeing seven players hitting double figures. 

Coach David Magley sees a lot of positives with the offensive system and likes what he sees on that end of the floor.

“Obviously our offensive production was pretty good, it’s a fun brand of basketball to play.”
“If you do the match in basketball, after a layup the next best shot is a three if you have people shooting 33% or better. We shot better than that in this game, shooting 44% from three is equal to shooting 65-70% so it just makes sense.”  

Standouts on the night were the guard combo of Anthony Harris and Brent Jennings, scoring 18pts a piece and hitting a joint 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Two players that Magley sees as key to the team this season.

“Brent has really worked hard since he’s been here and his improvement has been remarkable,” said Magley to NBLCNET. “Anthony has spent many years in the D-League and it has taken him a while to get used to our system, but in the last week he has grown tremendously.” 

“He’s getting used to what we do and with his passion for competing he’s going to fit in really well with us.”

To compliment the guard play, the A’s big men like Flenard Whitfield, Tom Granado and Tyshwan Edmonson saved the floor well and even his some shots from downtown. An asset that Harris sees as a compliment to his game and the overall offence.

“That’s part of the system and we have guys that are able to do a variety of things from all positions,” said Harris. “Having big guys that can hit threes makes my job a lot easier.” 

“Allowing me to get an extra three or four assists, when the defence commits to me as a ball handler having a trail guy that’s 6-foot-10 opens up the offence.”

Even with all the positives, there are a few aspects of the game that Magley wants to clean up before the season opener. Mainly on the defensive end after giving up 122 points.

“We have to tighten up a bit on the turnovers,” said Magley. “There were some stretches where we had a lot of silly fouls defensively and we have to get better defensively.”

“Mississauga’s obviously going to be in better shape than these guys and are going to play better basketball than these guys but we just wanted to get a play a different opponent, get used to the court and this game keeps us from playing them nine times instead of eight.”

The season is only days away, the A’s hosting Mississauga at Powerade Centre on November 1st.