Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-March 9, 2020-The Philly Cannons fell to the 20th ranked Ephrata Thunder in both teams regular season finale Saturday afternoon 107-88 in an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest. This was the second time the Thunder defeated the Cannons handing them a 130-126 loss on January 6th at Ephrata. Well hopefully the third time is the charm for the Cannons since they will face each other again in the first round of the ABA single elimination playoffs that start next Saturday.
The Cannons were able to hang with the nationally ranked Thunder for much of the game but fell victim to undisciplined play which allowed Ephrata to get out in transition and pull away from Philly in the second half. “Too much one on one play too early in the shot clock,” said Team President, Roger Beckwith. “Ephrata is a well-coached team that will take advantage of your mistakes,” said Beckwith. “We will have to value possessions and take care of the ball better next Saturday night; if we do those things, I think we have a chance,” Beckwith continued.
The Cannons placed five (5) players in double figures led by Karl Lewis’ 23 points. “It was nice to see Karl have a breakout performance and hit some perimeter shots as well,” Beckwith stated. Lead guard Shawn Williams and forward Isiah Gans both scored 16, while combo guards Reggie Charles and Tyree Tucker each contributed 12 apiece.
The third and final meeting of the 2019-2020 season between the Thunder and Cannons will be preceded by the Philly Raiders versus the York Buccaneers playoff game which will tip-off at 4:30 PM. The Cannons and Thunder will follow with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM. Both games will take place at the Lancaster Bible College, located at 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The ABA consists of over 150 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Mid Atlantic Division with the Baltimore Hawks, DC Soul, Ephrata Thunder, Hub City Hogs, Philly Raiders, 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.