The London Lightning are chasing down another record after their 99-91 win over the KW Titans Wednesday night.
Marvin Phillips led the way with 16 points as the Lightning won their fifth in a row.
With just three games to go, the Lightning could best their record from 2012-13, when they went 33-7. They currently sit at 31-5, tops in the league.
London got off to a hot start, going small and playing quickly with Royce White missing from the lineup. Ryan Anderson did a good job in the first quarter as a big, grabbing seven of his game high 11 rebounds.
It was the Titans who came rolling back in the second quarter, outscoring London to take a 46-43 lead into half.
London’s shooters managed to create open shots for themselves, but couldn’t buy a basket during the slow moments of the second and third quarters. The Titans took a nine point lead, their largest of the game, just past midway through the third.
Suddenly, the Lightning began to play their fast-paced game again, driving to the basket and capitalizing on fast breaks. They took a small lead into the fourth quarter, and after being neck and neck for a short couple of minutes, came out on top.
Coach Kyle Julius said that the pace of their game was a matter of momentum not swinging their way.
“The problem is that a lot of our guys get their energy from making shots. So tonight, absolutely none were going,” he said. “Our guys fought. We outrebounded them and I feel like we won the loose ball battles in the fourth quarter. So if you’re not making shots and you win loose ball battles and you rebound, you give yourself a chance at least.”
Marvin Singleton entered the game early but left shortly after and was kept out for precautionary reasons after a Titans player rolled over his head.
Meanwhile, a fourth quarter fracas between the two teams saw Garrett Williamson and Jason Calliste get ejected late in the fourth quarter.
Julius says it is tough to play a lineup that is missing key players.
“That made it difficult, but I’m confident that come playoffs we’ll have the 11 or 12 guys that we want.”
The Lightning next take on the Express in Windsor on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.