The Philly Cannons jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first quarter before suffering a devastating loss to the Fredericksburg (VA) Grizzlies 165-127 in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
The Cannons were led by Marcus Thomas, the game’s high scorer, with 44 points. Mamadou Diakite contributed 30 points, and Kwah Gredic added 27. The Cannons, who only dressed six (6) players, led 33-20 after the 1st quarter. The game was tied at 59 at halftime, before the Grizzlies scored over 100 points in the second half alone to put the game out of reach. Quentin Jones led the Grizzlies, who had 9 of 12 players in double figures, with 34 points.
Head Coach & CEO of the Philly Cannons, Roger Beckwith said, “I think our players learned that there are some really talented teams in the ABA, and we have to come to play each and every game to compete for a championship in this league.” “The Grizzlies have some players… athletic, quick and can really stroke the ball from deep,” Beckwith added, “and we play a few other teams later in the season that will pose a similar threat.”
The Cannons, whose record now stands at 2-2, will host the Salisbury Bulldogs this Saturday, November 26th at West Catholic Preparatory HS. Tipoff is at 3:00 PM. The ABA consists of over 100 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Chesapeake Division with the Baltimore Hawks, DMV Warrior, Prince George County Valor, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Steel City Yellow Jackets, and the aforementioned Salisbury Bulldogs. Please visit www.phillycannons.com for more information.