CANNONS BOW OUT IN BALTIMORE
The Philly Cannons’ concluded their season at the hands of the Baltimore Hawks last Saturday, March 23rd in an American Basketball Association (ABA) single elimination playoff contest. After defeating the West Chester Wildcats 116-100 Friday, March 22nd, the Cannons moved to the second round where they had to travel to face perennial contending Hawks.
Finding themselves down most of the game, Philadelphia fought back and managed to cut the lead to 110-106 late in the fourth quarter before succumbing to the playoff seasoned Hawks 130-115. “The Hawks are tough… we all knew we had to concern ourselves with Aquille (Carr), but ‘Fresh’ (Antoine Myers) and Dishawn Bradshaw really hurt us and made the difference in the game,” explained Head Coach Roger Beckwith. The quick and elusive Carr was held to 20 points but the duo of Myers (30) and Bradshaw (32) combined for 62.
The Cannons received 29 points from Marcus Thomas, and 20 from Deione “Dex” Lathem. Ramair “Juice” Garner (15), Rell Harrington (15), and Andre Rivers (12) also reached double figures for Philadelphia, who finished the season with 12 wins and 6 losses. “I had a lot of mixed emotions following the loss but I’ve been able to put things in their proper perspective, and I think the morale of the team is good whereas we know we can build upon what we started this season,” said Coach Beckwith
The Mid-Atlantic Region of the ABA playoffs continue this Saturday, March 30, 2019 with the Baltimore Hawks traveling to face the Richmond Elite in the Mid Atlantic Regional Championship game. The game will take place at the Ben Wallace Gymnasium, located at 2206 Westwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. The Hawks held on to defeat the Wyoming Valley Clutch 105-100 on the road last Sunday, March 24th to advance to the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship. The winner between the Hawks and the Elite will go to the ABA Final 8 in St. Louis next month, where the ABA Champion will be determined.
“All in all, we made a lot of progress in the Cannons third season in the ABA, and there is much work to be done off season wise because our rivals are getting stronger and the competition in the ABA next season will be significantly improved so we will take a small vacation and then resume preparations for the 2019-2020 American Basketball Association season,” stated Coach Beckwith.