Oshawa Power guard Morgan Lewis cuts to the basket during the team's win over the Halifax Rainmen. Lewis was named the NBL's Player of the Week for the second time in his career.
It’s all beginning to come together for the Oshawa Power.
The question is whether there is enough season left.
Oshawa has four games remaining in their season. To make the playoffs the team would have to win all four and hope and pray the Saint John Mill Rats crash and burn in their remaining seven. The two teams will play three games against each other in the coming month. Any more than two wins by the Rats or two losses by the Power will result in the end of Oshawa’s season.
And just when everything was going so well.
Last week the Power reeled off back-to-back wins against the Moncton Miracles and Halifax Rainmen.
Leading the way for Oshawa was Morgan Lewis, who earned his second NBL Player of the Week award on the strength of his performances. He joins Gabe Freeman of London and Ralphy Holmes of Quebec in this honour.
Lewis, a 6'5" guard from Painesville, Ohio, started the week with a 22-point effort Thursday evening in Oshawa's win against Moncton; then, on his birthday Friday night, he scored 39 points in a 131-127 victory over the Halifax Rainmen. He also had 10 rebounds in the overtime win against the Rainmen.
“The win was great,” says Lewis. “Every game means a lot, especially with the playoff push. There’s a lot at stake and every game the season is on the line.”
In the stands, catching Lewis by surprise, were his mother and sister.
“To me personally my mom and sister surprised me; it was the last thing I expected to see, them in the stands,” he notes. “I’m just glad I was able to have a decent game and entertain them tonight.”
The OT victory over Halifax on Friday saw Omari Johnson finish with 25 points of his own and Brandon Robinson pour in 34 of his own.
Robinson had a high-scoring week as he dropped 30 points and collected 12 rebounds against the Miracles.
“Coach Brickey told me don’t settle, get to the paint,” says Robinson. “Get a lot of paint touches, get to the free throw line and that’s what helped me with the performance tonight.”
The next Power home game is Wednesday, Feb. 15 as they take on the Saint John Mill Rats in what will be their regular season finale at the General Motor Centre.