Sanatoga, Pennsylvania-January 11, 2020-The Philly Cannons continued spiraling in the wrong direction by dropping a 125-122 decision Saturday night to division rival the Pottstown Flames in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest. The defeat was the first ever loss to Pottstown in five career games dating back to the 2017-18 season, and the third in a row for Philadelphia dropping their record to 4-6 on the season.
For the second game in a row, the Cannons failed to capitalize on a double digit lead, and allowed a team to come back and win after leading by ten or more at halftime. “Mental mistakes,” said veteran forward Kenny Walton. “We collapse as a team when another team makes a run on us,” Walton continued. The Cannons led 47-36 at halftime but found themselves down 96-89 after 3 quarters. “I don’t have anything positive to say honestly,” offered Head Coach Andre Rivers. “We let players look like All Stars…all we do is let people blow by us, foul them at the rim then look at the ref like they cheating” stated a frustrated Rivers.
The Cannons placed six (6) players in double figures so there is credence to the theory that defense is the problem. Lead guard Khayyir Laws paced Philly with 28 points, while Darius Robinson-Wallace had another strong game with 17. Shawn Green added 16, while new addition Tyree Tucker had 12. Guard Keenan Winn contributed 11 and wing Malik Garner had 10. Coach Rivers offered a summary: “It’s literally not about basketball anymore, it’s about other teams having more pride than us.”
The Cannons will host the Lehigh Valley Hunters Saturday, January 18, 2020 for a 1 PM rematch from a December victory over the Berks County rival. The matchup will take place at the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center, located at 761 N. 47th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The ABA consists of over 150 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Mid Atlantic Division with the Baltimore Hawks, DC Soul, Hub City Hogs, Pottstown Flames, Virginia Veterans, West Chester Wildcats, York Buccaneers, Richmond Elite, PG Valor, the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, Roanoke Rising Stars, and the West Virginia Warlocks. Please visit www.phillycannons.com & www.abaliveaction.com for more information.