Camden, New Jersey-December 8, 2019-Billed as the “Battle of the Bridge,” the Philly Cannons could not keep pace with the first year expansion Camden Monarchs in the second half and suffered a 114-94 loss Sunday evening in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest. The Cannons, who are now 2-2 on the season, actually led 34-32 after the first period and were down only 57-55 at halftime. But the Monarchs took control down the stretch and gave the Cannons their worse regular season loss so far this season.
“We have to play with more effort and not let teams get second and third chance opportunities, “explained first year Head Coach Andre Rivers. Indeed, that has been an ongoing problem with Philadelphia this season and Coach Rivers hopes to get this corrected immediately. “Once we start playing with more effort and sense of urgency we can play up to our potential,” Rivers elaborated. The Cannons placed three (3) players in double figures led by Isiah Gans with 18. Shawn Williams added 14 and Shawn Green contributed 11. For Camden, Wali Hepburn led five (5) Monarchs in double figures with 19 points.
The Cannons will return home next Saturday, December 14, 2019 for a 1:00 PM tip-off with the York Buccaneers. The match-up will take place at the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center located at 761 N 47th Street in West Philadelphia. On Sunday, December 15th, the Cannons will travel to New York City to face the first year expansion team, the Harlem Underdogs, for a 6:30 PM tip-off.
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.