Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- March 5, 2017-The Philly Cannons hosted the Reading Wizards on Sunday but came up short in their season finale, 128 to 118. The Cannons, having already been eliminated from playoff contention, fought hard with a short-handed squad but were not able to secure a victory in their last game of their debut season in the American Basketball Association (ABA). “Reading had more to play for but we wanted to close out the season on a good note with something to build upon for next year, and we were not able to get it done,” said Cannons Head Coach, Roger Beckwith.
The Cannons had to scramble to put together a roster after losing Point Guard Marcus Thomas to a pro deal with a team in El Salvador, and several other players who had conflicts and personal matters that prevented them from playing. “This is Philly, and we don’t make excuses… whoever puts on that Cannons uniform with PHILA across their chest is expected to perform and we all had a hand in this loss.”
The Cannons and Wizards see sawed with the lead several times with Reading getting up by as much as 10 points. But the Cannons continually fought back. “Maybe we just ran out of gas in the 4th quarter but from my standpoint, the Wizards just wanted it more than us….I’m proud of the way we competed this game and all season, and we will take a week or two off and then get back to the business of building the Philly Cannons into an ABA title contender.”
The Cannons were paced by Donte Williams’ who was able to consistently get in the lane and draw contact from his defenders. “Donte didn’t shoot too great from the outside but he has a half-court game where he knows how to score in a variety of ways... drives, post ups, etc.” Beckwith continued, “Sometimes we fall in love with the 3 point shot where we should be driving to the basket more.” Braheim Dixon added 21 points, and Kwah Gredic and Jeff Giddings both contributed 17 points apiece.
The Cannons finished their inaugural ABA season with a record of 5 wins and 9 defeats, and will focus on finding new talent and continuing to build the Philly Cannons’ brand across the region. The ABA consists of over 100 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Chesapeake Division with the Baltimore Hawks, DMV Warriors, Prince George County Valor, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Steel City Yellow Jackets, and the Salisbury Bulldogs. Please visit www.phillycannons.com for more information.