Reading, Pennsylvania-November 11, 2017-The Philly Cannons fought back from a 10 - point half time deficit but ultimately suffered a narrow defeat, 122-120, at the hands of division rival, the Reading Wizards, in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest Saturday night. The Cannons now sit at 1-1 with a victory by forfeit over the Western Maryland Bulldogs during week one to go along with the Reading loss.
“Just like Lebron, I’m not into moral victories but that loss at least provided a glimmer of hope because I know my guys will compete,” said Philly Cannons Head Coach, Roger Beckwith. “We are a bit more undersized than I would prefer but that’s no excuse because our athleticism should offset our height deficiency.”
Kassim Green led the Cannons with 25 points, and Braheim Dixon added 21 despite sitting on the bench for long stretches due to foul trouble. Dehaven Brown (18), Jeff Giddings (17) and Rell Harrington (16) also reached double figures. “Reading played a smart game and whenever we made a run they were able to counter with a timely basket to keep us at arms’ length and to stop the bleeding,” stated Beckwith.
The Cannons will journey to Newark, New Jersey this Saturday November 18th to take on the Jersey Express at 6 PM. Last season, the Express defeated the Cannons in Philly 127-110. The Cannons will host the Baltimore Hawks for their home opener Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Lenfest Center, 3890 N 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Tip-off is at 7 PM.
The ABA consists of over 100 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Chesapeake Division with the Baltimore Hawks, Prince George County Valor, Pottstown Flames, NEPA Stars and Stripes, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Steel City Yellow Jackets, and the Western Maryland Bulldogs. Please visit www.phillycannons.com& www.abaliveaction.comfor more information.