The London Lightning managed to win a tight match-up against the KW Titans, with London narrowly snatching a 95-90 win in overtime.
The first quarter was a tough, physical period. London’s Royce White and Kitchener-Waterloo’s Tyrone Dickson battled inside, but neither team could get any sort of momentum. London ended the quarter with a slight 16-12 edge.
In a much better second quarter, London continued to ride the interior play of White. Joel Friesen also knocked down some threes. The Titans kept pace though, as Adam Blazek made some shots from beyond the arc as well. At the end of the half, the Lightning were up 41-38.
The Lightning continued to rely on their depth in the second half. With players in foul trouble, the Titans managed to crawl back into the game, tying it with 3:27 left in the game, with White fouling out shortly after.
Finding themselves down by a single point, London forced Kitchener into a shot clock violation, giving them the ball with 20 seconds left. Freisen was fouled while making a cut to the basket, sending him to the line, tying the game at 83-83 with 11.8 left. London made another huge stop, sending the game into overtime.
Both teams continued their back and forth battle into OT, as again, the game was tied with less than a minute left. with the game tied at 90, Marvin Phillips hit a huge three pointer to give the Bolts the lead. When the buzzer sounded, the final score was 95-90 for London.
“We didn’t play well. We looked tired, looked unfocused, we let the referees get to us.” said Coach Kyle Julius, “It made for an ugly game. We were able to make a few plays down the stretch and get a few stops that allowed us to win, but overall we can be way better than that.”
Doug Herring Jr. led the Bolts in scoring, rebounds and assists with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
“This is an ugly win.” said Herring Jr., “We didn’t really have any rhythm, offensively or defensively. Luckily we were able to grind it out and get another W.”
Marvin Phillips added 14 points and 8 rebounds of his own. Royce White and Julian Boyd also scored 14 points despite being limited by fouls.
Flenard Whitfield and Adam Blazek each had 21 points to lead the Titans.
This marks the second game in a stretch where the Lightning have to play three games in three days.
“We gotta go home, and everybody has got to rest. and really take care of their body so we can come out tmrw really sharp and really focused, and have some type of energy.” said Herring Jr.
The Lightning are back in action on Monday, March 20, taking on the Orangeville A’s at home in Budweiser Gardens. Tickets are available online and at the Budweiser Gardens box office.