The London Lightning outshot the Niagara River Lions 127-99 in a record-setting night in St. Catharines against their Central Divison rivals on Tuesday.
London started the game slowly, but once they found their groove on the offensive side, they exploded for 24 three-pointers — setting a new franchise and league record on route to their 8th consecutive win.
The first quarter started rather suspiciously for the Bolts. After going down 14-2 after just five minutes, London’s bench was forced to call a timeout. Whatever adjustments Kyle Julius made seemed to work, as the Bolts proceeded to find their shooting stroke. The Bolts went on to shoot nearly .500% from behind the arc the rest of the quarter, finding their feet and their way back into the game.
The Lightning showed flashes of brilliance in the third quarter, outscoring Niagara 27-20, but the team really found their groove in the fourth. Led by a near-perfect Marvin Phillips, the team managed to bring down a scattered River Lions 46-24 in the frame to record their eighth win in a row.
When all was said and done, the Lightning ended the game with an incredible 24 three-pointers after going 24-55 (.533) from beyond the arc. The total broke both a franchise record (18) and NBLC record (23).
Phillips (23 points) ran rampant in the second half, only missing one shot (6-7) and finishing the game a perfect 5-5 for three and 5-5 from the free-throw line.
Anthony Criswell was also a catalyst for London in the second half, going 9-11 from the field to record a season-high 23 points.
“I was disappointed in the first half. We can’t be doing that, we can’t start games like that. Teams are going to make changes, they are going to find other players, so we gotta be ready, more sharp, more focused, and go back to work tomorrow,” Kyle Julius said after the game.
“As an individual, I just get in the game and play the best that I can play,” Marvin Phillips said. “I think [the difference between this game and Thursday’s game] we need to get out and make the first couple punches.”
These two teams will meet again on Thursday in St. Catharines. Tip-off has been set for 7 p.m.