Neither the London Lightning nor the KW Titans could break away with a lead, but it was the Lightning who ended up on the winning side with a 119-117 win Sunday afternoon.
Kyle Johnson led all scorers with 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting. Flenard Whitfield had 28 for the Titans.
Both teams managed leads throughout the game, but it was a back and forth affair as the Titans and Bolts traded jabs. London’s game plan of getting the ball inside seemed to work, as did Kitchener-Waterloo’s of finding room for jump shots outside.
At the end of the third quarter, Doug Herring Jr. managed to spark his team by hitting back-to-back threes, one at the buzzer, putting London up by six going into the final frame.
The fourth quarter wasn’t pretty defensively as the Lightning couldn’t keep their lead. However, they managed to hold on until the final buzzer, when Isiah Umipig missed a three pointer to win the game.
“We got a chance to play who otherwise don’t always get that many minutes, so it was a hard fought win for a lot of our backups,” said coach Kyle Julius.
Kyle Johnston echoed his coach’s comments and looked ahead to the post-season.
“We rested some guys and gave some other guys the opportunity to play and it was a big win for us,” he said. “We’re trying to build for the playoffs.”
London also got contributions from Royce White (17 points), Doug Herring Jr. (16 points) and Bolden (15 points).
The Lightning will host the Titans Wednesday night at Budweiser Gardens. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Budweiser Gardens box office.