Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-February 29, 2020-Billed as the “Battle of Brotherly Love,” the Cannons and Raiders sparred back and forth during the first ever meeting between the two Philadelphia area franchises. The Cannons found themselves down 16 at the half, and did their best to get back in the game. However, errant turnovers derailed their comeback attempt and they found themselves on the short end of a 113-106 loss to the Raiders in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest.
“We had our opportunities“, explained Team President Roger Beckwith, who functioned as Head Coach since Andre Rivers was needed on the roster. “I decided to go small to match their lineup late in the fourth quarter,” explained Beckwith, “but maybe I should have tried to go big and exploit our height advantage,” continued Beckwith.
The Cannons placed four (4) players in double figures led by guard Tyree Tucker’s 26 points. Guard Shawn Williams scored 20; forward Isiah Gans dropped 17, while Rivers contributed 12. For the Raiders, Shaq Shannon came off the bench to score 21 and led five (5) Raiders in double figures including Devon Walker (16), Shaq Shannon (14), Tyreek Riddick (12) and Mustafa Jones (10).
The Cannons will return home next Saturday, March 7, 2020 for their final home game of the regular season versus the Ephrata Thunder. Tip-off is at 1:00 PM. The matchup will take place at the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center located at 761 N 47th Street in West Philadelphia. 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, Philly Raiders, the Fredericksburg Grizzlies, Roanoke Rising Stars, and the West Virginia Warlocks. Please visit www.phillycannons.com & www.abaliveaction.com for more information.