CANNONS LOSE ON THE ROAD, BOUNCE BACK AT HOME
Hagerstown, MD & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-February 1 & 2, 2020-The Philly Cannons journeyed to Hagerstown, Maryland Saturday evening for a Mid-Atlantic Division showdown with playoff seeding implications in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest versus the Hub City Hogs. The first year Hogs entered the game ranked 19th in the country with a record of 9-5, but the Cannons hoped to build off momentum from their win last weekend over fellow Mid Atlantic Division rival, West Chester, and string a pair of victories together. The Hogs had other plans and dealt Philly a 132-114 loss on the road. "We started the game off slow but was able to cut the lead down to six," said wing forward, Akil Anderson, who had 14 points in the game. Philly went into halftime feeling good having fought back in the game with the score 58-52 after being down by twenty-points. "Came out [pretty] flat...dug ourself into a hole," said Marcus Thomas, who led the Cannons with 44 points. "The 3rd quarter.. mental lapses that put us back in a hole that we couldn't recover from," explained Anderson. Philly placed five (5) players in double figures. In addition to Thomas' 44 and Anderson's 14, new addition Tyshon McBride contributed 21 in his first game with the Cannons. Guard Shawn Williams scored 15 while forward Kenny Walton chipped in 11. For the Hogs, guard Willie McDowell went off for 52 points. On Sunday, the Cannons looked to reverse their fortunes on the court while hosting the New York Holy Storm for a pre Super Bowl match up between two big city ABA rivals. This time the Cannons jumped on their opponent and had control for most of the game scoring a 145-135 victory. "They took the lead at one point, but we were able to maintain our compure and came back through a defensive effort," said Akil Anderson. "We came out clicking on all cylinders and came away with a much needed victory," said Marcus Thomas, who exploded for 59 points against the Storm. "Hopefully this momentum carries us into next week as we continue this playoff pursuit," Thomas continued. Guard Khayyir Laws scored 26 points for the Cannons, while Tyree Tucker (17), McBride (16), and Walton (16) also reached double figures in scoring. New York was led by Chuck Obunse's 31 points. The Cannons, now 6-9 on the season, will host the York Buccaneers, another Mid Atlantic Division rival, next Saturday February 8, 2020 for a 3:00 PM joust at their satellite home venue in central Pennsylvania. York had defeated the Cannons in each of their prior two meetings, most recently on December 15, 2019 in Philadelphia by a score of 112-110. The matchup will take place at 250 Reynders Street, Steelton, PA 17113. 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, the 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.