The London Lightning advanced to the 2017 NBLC Finals on Saturday with an 112-100 win in Game 4 of the Central Division Final against the Windsor Express.
London booked their fourth trip to the finals in franchise history in a nervy and loud affair at the rather humid Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore, Ontario.
The first quarter was an important one for London. The Bolts exploded out of the gate, getting out to a 39-23 lead and 8-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
Windsor then spent much of the second and third quarter cutting into London’s lead. The home team capitalized on two weak quarters from London, culminating in a 75-70 London advantage heading into the final frame.
If Head Coach Kyle Julius made any adjustments in the break, they must have worked. A pair of contested threes from Kyle Johnson and Ryan Anderson helped London establish themselves a bit. A tense fourth quarter followed, with the Lightning doing just enough to keep the high-intensity Express away. The top-ranked Bolts eventually pulled away, grabbing a 15-point lead with a minute to go and sweeping their second-straight series
Windsor spent much of the game shorthanded. Nick Evans was suspended ahead of the game, while DeAndre Thomas was ejected early.
London outshot the Express almost all game — ending with a .481% shooting percentage — much better than Windsor’s .370%.
Windsor shot a dismal .137% (4-29) from beyond the arc.
Royce White led the Lightning with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Anderson (23 points) and Kyle Johnson (19 points) were huge influences on the game.
The Lightning will play the winner of the Atlantic Divison Final between the Island Storm and Halifax Hurricanes. Their seven-game series is tied 2-2.