Your London Lightning were in unfamiliar territory on Saturday, but still came out with a 106-101 win in an intense game against the Windsor Express at Budweiser Gardens.
The first half was quite troubling for the Bolts, who failed to do much at either end of the court. Windsor seemed to catch them off guard when they had possession, taking a 15-point lead in the second quarter and ending the half shooting .500 from the field. Despite this, London managed to close out the first half on an impressive run. The momentum was in London’s favour.
The third quarter started off just as the first did, with Windsor in control. However, that ended sooner rather than later. A solid turnaround was turned into hyperdrive with two back-to-back massive slam dunks from Julian Boyd — igniting the Lightning and giving them the lead. All in all, London ended up outscoring Windsor 30-17 in the frame and setting up an interesting fourth quarter.
Windsor battled back in the fourth, coming within one point of tying the game. London remained strong however, and managed to seal the 106-101 victory over their rivals. The win means London has clinched the top spot in the Central Division.
“We didn’t shoot it great but again, grit and toughness, and then you’re taking them out of what they want to do for the most part,” Head Coach Kyle Julius said. “I’m proud of those guys in there. We had a tough week of practice, lots of guys sick and lots of guys not here — it was fantastic to win that way.
Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 23 points to go along with nine assists. Juan Patillo recorded a double-double for Windsor with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lightning notched the win while missing their big man Royce White, who left the team to take care of a family matter.
“We were one man down… without [Royce White], we just have to get together and pull through,” Marcus Capers said. “He’s going through something and we have to have his back.”
The Lightning will now prepare for a Wednesday night tilt against the Cape Breton Highlanders at Budweiser Gardens. Tickets are available at the Budweiser Gardens website or box office.