The London Lightning and KW Titans will face off for the first time in competitive NBL Canada play on Saturday when the expansion Titans pay a visit to Budweiser Gardens as part of a weekend home-and-home series.

If the preseason game between these two teams was any indication, fans in both London and KW are set to take in a weekend of competitive basketball between two offensively-gifted teams.

Their Dec. 19 preseason game in London went to overtime before the home team captured a 123-112 victory. Julian Boyd was the top scorer for London with 21 points. The game was quite cagey, with both teams trying to find their footing throughout.

Fast forward to five games into the regular season, and the Bolts are getting better and better every outing. Thursday’s 105-85 win over Niagara was London’s best all-around performance all season. Kyle Julius’ players managed to outscore the River Lions in all four quarters and keep them below 100 points – a first for London this season.

The expansion Titans are coming off of a seven-day break following their 120-105 win over Niagara on Dec. 27 — their first win in franchise history. Head Coach Serge Langis’ side has had a very light schedule to begin the season — sporting a 1-1 record to London’s 3-2.
While they are a new team, the Titans are chalk-full of recognizable NBL Canada talent. Adam Blazek, who played with Niagara last season, currently leads the team in points (20ppg), assists (5apg), and steals (3.5spg). Cavell Johnson (Brampton), Tramar Sutherland (Niagara), and Paul Cooper (Mississauga, Windsor, Island) are names sure to catch the eye of Lightning fans attending Saturday’s home game. In terms of newcomers, Orlando Coleman seems to be settling into his first NBLC season quite well. The 6’5” forward rookie out of Texas Southern is averaging 16ppg — largely due to his blistering .800 three-point percentage.

Saturday also marks the annual high school boys Charity Roundball Tournament. Saunders, RMC, Westminster and Laurier will all be taking part in this year’s tournament with the proceeds benefitting Cleats for Kids.

Fans are also asked to bring gently used shoes for girls and boys to Saturday night’s game to be donated to Cleats for Kids.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow when the Lightning pay their first visit to Kitchener-Waterloo and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex.

Tip-off has been set for 7 p.m. Tickets are still available online and at the Budweiser Gardens box office.