The high-flying London Lightning will return home on Saturday for an important date with the Niagara River Lions at Budweiser Gardens.

A win on Saturday against their Central Division rival would give London (8-3) their fifth in a row.

The early season rivalry between these two teams is set to grow again this weekend. Saturday’s game is the beginning of a the first of a home-and-home weekend series between the two teams. They will meet again in St. Catharines on Sunday afternoon.

The Bolts come into this game on the heels of a 105-97 in Kitchener against the Titans — another all-round performance for Kyle Julius’ side. Royce White led the Bolts in scoring with 23 points.

Marvin Phillips and Doug Herring Jr. will make their home debuts on Saturday. Herring Jr. (11 points) and Phillips (nine points, six rebounds) made impressive season debuts on Thursday.

The 4-5 River Lions have rallied since falling to a 2-5 record earlier this month. Their rebound has been highlighted by the play of Marcus Lewis, who was named Central Division Player of the Week. The 6’6” guard averaged 18.5 points per game in the team’s two wins last week.

Saturday’s game, which is sponsored by Fanshawe College, is London’s first home game since Jan. 15th.

Tip-off has been set for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available here or at the Budweiser Gardens box office. You can watch the game below or follow along on our Twitter feed.