The London Lightning could clinch top spot in and home-court advantage for the entire 2016-17 NBLC Playoffs on Saturday when they host Windsor in a rare 7:30pm start.
The 29-5 Bolts have already guaranteed top spot in the Central Divison, but a London win or Halifax loss on Saturday would give London the league’s top seed — and home-court advantage all the way to the NBLC Finals.
This opportunity presents itself in front of arguably the Lightning’s fiercest rival, the 18-16 Windsor Express. Home games against Windsor this season have been tense battles only fuelled by the massive home crowds at Budweiser Gardens.
London is 5-1 against the Express this season, with their only loss coming on March 8th in Windsor, which ended their record 14-game win streak.
The Express will likely have a new star amongst their ranks when they enter Budweiser Gardens on Saturday — Logan Stutz. The 2015-16 NBLC MVP signed with the Express on Thursday after being released by Niagara earlier in the week.
The Lightning are expected to have Royce White back in the lineup after serving a one-game suspension on Wednesday. The team’s leading scorer and rebounder will be joined by newcomer Mo Bolden for the first time.
The Express will likely be well-rested for Saturday’s game in London. Bill Jones’ team has only played twice since their 106-101 loss to London on April 1. Their last game was an 111-107 loss at home to the Saint John Riptide.
Tip-off has been set for 7:30pm. Watch the game below or follow along on our Twitter feed.
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