The London Lightning are off to Kitchener for the second leg of their home-and-home series with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. The trip marks the first time the Lightning have visited the newly formed Titans, who play in the historic Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, better known as “The Aud.”
These two teams will be familiar foes after facing off in London on Saturday night. That game saw London’s Royce White record only the second triple-double in team history, as his 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, leading the Lightning to a 113-108 victory. Kyle Johnson also came up big, with a season-high 27 points, leading all scorers.
In that game, the Titans showed that despite being a new team, they were no pushovers, as they whittled down what had been a 20 point lead all the way down to three points with time winding down in the fourth quarter, a period in which they would score 34 points. The Titans were led by Adam Blazek, as the 6’1″ guard out of Gannon managed to register a double-double, with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
A key to the game for the Lightning will be attacking the paint on offence, with White proving that he is a difficult assignment for Kitchener defenders.
It will also be important for the Lightning to get out to a quick start, as both teams like to push the pace of the game immediately after tip-off. Prior to last night’s game, the Lightning had been outscoring opponents 155-114 in the first quarter over five games, with Kitchener outscoring opponents 62-44 in the first quarter of their first two games. The Lightning won that battle 39-25 last night, setting the team up for their win.
For the Titans, look for them to lean on their guard combo of Adam Blazek and Ricky Tarrant. The pair did a lot of the heavy lifting during the team’s comeback last night, combining for 44 points, the majority of which came in the second half of that game.