The London Lightning (33-5) used some superior rebounding and ball control along with clutch shooting to take down Windsor (19-18) 109-96 on Sunday on route to a franchise-high 33rd win of the regular season.
The Bolts outrounded Windsor 53-44 at WFCU Centre, including 15-10 on the offensive side, and kept care of the basketball well to tie the franchise (and league) record win total from the Lightning’s 2012-13 season.
After a slow first half, the London offense seemed to find its feet. London’s shooters were finding tons of shooting opportunities behind the arc in the second half, going an impressive 36% (15-41) for three in the game thanks to big efforts from Kyle Johnson (25 pts, 7-10 3pt) and Joel Friesen (20 pts, 4-9 3pt)
While Windsor matched much of what London was doing offensively through the first half, they were unable to keep up with London’s bench, being outscored 36-30 in the third quarter and 24-17 in the fourth.
Sunday’s game was the final meeting between Windsor and London this regular season. London won the season series 6-1.
“We’re generating open shots like crazy,” Head Coach Kyle Julius said after Sunday’s game. “I’m really proud of these guys coming into a meaningless game and dominating both sides of the ball.”
Kyle Johnson led the game with 25 points.
“It was a great team effort, we really focused on the scouting report,” Johnson said after the game.” I just was able to hit a couple shots in the second half and it seemed to be going for me.”
Warren Ward led the Express with 24 points. Royce White recorded a double-double — notching 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bolts will play their penultimate regular season game on Tuesday at home to the Island Storm. The Storm is the only Atlantic Division team to beat London this season.