The London Lightning were able to close out an 113-108 victory against the newly formed Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on Saturday at Budweiser Gardens. The game marked the first regular season matchup between the two teams. Despite a late scare, the Lightning spent most of the game in the lead, riding a blistering start to the game to another win. The win is the Lightning’s fourth win of the season.
The Lightning came flying out of the gates, winning the first quarter 39-25, led by the shooting of Junior Cadougan and Ryan Anderson. The Bolts were able to maintain that lead for the rest of the half, despite the Titans putting together a couple of runs during the second quarter. Ultimately, Kitchener didn’t have an answer in their frontcourt for Royce White, who filled the stat sheet with eight points, seven rebounds and six assists in the first half alone.
The Lightning and Titans kept pace with each other during the third quarter, with London’s Kyle Johnson and Kitchener’s Adam Blazek trading three pointers. The Titans made it a game late, scoring 34 fourth quarter points, but the Lightning held on, winning the game 113-108.
After narrowly missing out on a triple-double in his last outing, Royce White was able to complete the feat with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
“I started off really looking for my teammates. [We’ve been] practicing guys cutting off of me and being in the right spots.” White said. “ We just keep trying to make the right plays. I was taught growing up to make the right plays, find the open guy, and we’ll shoot a high percentage — and we did that tonight.”
Kyle Johnson also had a big night, finishing with a season-high 27 points.
“They won’t quit,” Johnson said after the game. “We kinda knew that with the scouting report coming in but it’s good to see it at hand. We play them tomorrow and next week as well. We’ll be ready.”
The Lightning are off to Kitchener on Sunday for a rematch with the Titans. Their next home game is also against the Titans on Saturday, January 14. Tip-off has been set for 7pm, tickets are available online and at the Budweiser Gardens box office.