The Lightning managed to set a new franchise record for consecutive wins in style, beating the defending champion Halifax Hurricanes by a score of 123-108. The win was the 11th straight for the Lightning, and they pulled off the feat against the Atlantic Conference’s best team.
The Bolts started the game strong, with Julian Boyd filling the bucket early. They were able to do consistent damage in the paint, and gained an early lead.
The play evened out as the half progressed, with London refusing to give the Hurricanes an inch. After a back and forth second quarter, the Lightning went into the locker room with a 61-42 lead.
Royce White took over in the third, piling up the points. Much like the second quarter, Halifax matched the Lightning, but could not overcome their deficit. When the buzzer sounded, the scoreboard showed the Lightning winning the game, 123-108.
Royce White led the Lightning with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Joel Friesen also scored 20 against his former team. Billy White led the Hurricanes with 23 points.
“We just punched them in the mouth,” White said after the game. “We didn’t listen to the chatter about who the best team is or what records mean [what].”
“[Royce White] is so versatile that the teams hit him hard, they foul him and that’s an adjustment in and of itself,” Kyle Julius said.
“We could have sent a better statement if we focused in on the last four or five minutes of the game… they followed the gameplan quite well and I’ll take it.”
These two teams will complete their back-to-back mini-series on Thursday in Halifax. The game will kickoff an Atlantic Divison road trip for the Bolts that will also take them to Cape Breton and Saint John.
Tip-off for Thursday’s game has been set for 7 p.m.