The Philly Cannons were finally back home in Philadelphia for an American Basketball Association (ABA) contest but had their homecoming spoiled by the York Buccaneers with a 105-92 loss. The Cannons entered the game ranked 24th nationally in the latest ABA poll and lead 55-51 at the half despite shooting poorly from the field.
In the second half, York quickly asserted themselves and found themselves up 74-72 in the 3rd period. “I didn’t like the lack of effort and energy my players displayed today… my sense is that they underestimated York and I kind of knew that if we don’t play with the right effort, we can lose,” explained 3rd year Head Coach Roger Beckwith.
The Cannons placed 5 players in double figures led by Kyle Rose’s 16 points. Rell Harrington contributed 13, and Rasheed Walker and Isiah Gans added 11 apiece. “We missed a lot of point blank shots that we typically make and didn’t get any 50/50 balls,” said Beckwith.
The Cannons, who fell to 4-3 on the season, need to regroup fast as they face the 17th ranked Norristown Knights Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Montgomery County Community College’s Health and Science Center. Tip-off is 6:30 PM. “I’ve had the opportunity to scout Norristown myself and if we have a repeat performance against them we will lose no ifs ands or buts about it, but I expect us to bounce back and play with pride for the City of Philadelphia,” said Beckwith.
The ABA consists of 143 teams nationwide, and the Cannons compete in the Northeast Region with the Binghamton Bulldogs, Pottstown Flames, NEPA Stars and Stripes, Wyoming Valley Clutch, York Buccaneers, Reading Wizards, Scranton Shamrocks, the Lancaster Wolfpack and the Syracuse Stallions. Please visitwww.phillycannons.com & www.abaliveaction.com for more information.