Updated: Dec 23, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & New York, New York-December 14 & 15, 2019-The Philly Cannons, on a 2 game losing streak and entering the game with a record of 2-2 on the season, hoped to get back to their winning ways when they hosted the York Buccaneers on Saturday at the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center. But Jay Hardy’s three pointer came up short at the buzzer leaving the Cannons on the short side of a 112-110 loss in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest. York, fueled by Kelvin Parker’s career high 48 points, defeated the Cannons at home for the second consecutive season. “It was a tough back and forth game, “said Cannons Head Coach Andre Rivers. Philly was able to tie the game at 97 after back to back three pointers from Isiah Gans. However, York was able to stay a step ahead of the Cannons for the rest of the 4th quarter and hold on for the victory. “They made some tough shots but we played with a lot of effort…sometimes the ball just doesn’t bounce your way,” offered Coach Rivers. For the Cannons, first year guard Khayyir Laws continued his strong play from the backcourt leading the Cannons with 30 points. Gans turned in a strong performance with 23 points, and veteran guard Ramair “Juice” Garner returned from injury with 16. Hardy and Shawn Green also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points apiece. The Cannons had to regroup quickly for a journey to New York City on Sunday to face the first year expansion New York/Harlem Underdogs in an ABA contest at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Head Coach Andre Rivers returned to the court for Philly who were without the services of several players and only were able to dress eight (8) for the bout with the Underdogs. Former Head Coach and current Team President & General Manager, Roger Beckwith, stepped in for Rivers as the Cannons came out desperate to stop the bleeding of a three (3) game losing streak. “I was really concerned with Harlem’s size and length in the post, especially since we were without Zay (Isiah Gans) and Dex (Deione Lathem),” said Beckwith. The Cannons showed improved team defense down the stretch, and in another back and forth game, finally was able to get in the driver’s seat to hold on for the win. “It was a hostile crowd but both teams traded blows for the first 3 quarters and most of the 4th until we were finally able to make some smart decisions down the stretch and finish off a team,” said Beckwith. The Cannons placed five of their 8 players in double figures led by first year guard, Jerrell Thompson’s 29 points. “Jerrell really came thru for us tonight and I’m looking forward to seeing what else he can contribute,” said Beckwith. Jay Hardy (14), Akil Anderson (13), Rivers (13), and Darius Robinson-Wallace (10) also reached double figures for the Cannons. Harlem was paced by Malik Miller’s 23 points. The Cannons, now 3-3 on the season, will head upstate Sunday, December 22, 2019 for a 3 PM joust with the Lehigh Valley Hunters. The matchup will take place at 114 N. Morton Street, Bethlehem, 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.