It was a seesaw affair as the Power took a three point lead heading into the halftime break. They came out of the lock room looking to impose their will on the visitors, but a confident and veteran Mill Rats ballclub maintained their composure, and came away with a three point victory completing the Ontario sweep after downing London Sunday.
It was a late third quarter collapse that led to the Power‟s demise as they left a lot of points on the free throw line only shooting a less than stellar 62%.
“Free throws, rebounds it‟s all energy,” said Head Coach Mark Strickland following the loss. “Free throws are mental. Rebounding is mental; until we conquer the mental part of the game we will always encounter these up and down types of performances.”
Canadian Kevin Francis had his best performance of the early season, as he was able to net 18 points and pull down 6 rebounds in the loss.
The Power continued to exhibit its balanced scoring attack in the game. Power forward Akeem Wright led all Oshawa scorers with 19 points and Brandon Robinson had a strong third quarter showing and finished with 14.
Mill Rats guard Anthony Anderson had a game high 27 points, and their leading scorer Antoine Tisby chipped in with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
“We‟ll see how this game felt,” Strickland explained. “We‟ll come out playing better energy on Wednesday, looking for the win.”
Next Game: Oshawa Power will play their next home game on Wednesday, November 16 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip off against the Quebec Kebs at 7:30 p.m.