The London Lightning saw their nine-game win streak come to a frustrating halt on Saturday afternoon thanks to a physical 105-101 loss in Charlottetown to the Island Storm.
The Bolts had trouble draining shots all afternoon and were unable to catch an athletic Storm side who improved their record to 13-18.
While London trailed for most of the game, they did come within one shot at the end of the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to complete a comeback that seemed out of reach for most of the game.
London looked sluggish early, dropping the first quarter 27-19. The Bolts ended up rebounding in the second — going on a 10-0 run and eventually tying the game through wonderful individual efforts from Kyle Johnson and Royce White.
However, it was the lack of team play that really hurt the Bolts especially in the third quarter. Kyle Julius’ men simply couldn’t shut down the Storm’s shooters, who shot almost 50% from the field throughout the game.
The third quarter was particularly harsh for your Lightning who were on the wrong end of some very physical and intense play. When all was said and done, they were down 78-67 and without Julius, who was ejected from the game.
The fourth saw London slowly find their step. Despite coming close, the Bolts simply could not smother the Storm’s offensive game. A late push saw them crawl within two points of tying, but they were unable to close it out.
Royce White led the game with 26 points. Akeem Ellis led the Storm with 23 points.
The Storm shot 46% from the field. The Lightning shot 39% including 21% from beyond the arc.
The Bolts will now move on to face the Moncton Miracles tomorrow afternoon before returning home.