An energetic London Lightning team did everything right on Thursday in Game 1 of their Central Divison Semi-Final series against the Orangeville A’s.
The Bolts reeked intensity from tip-off, taking a 40-point halftime lead all the way to an 117-87 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
London started the game of superbly, bringing an energy on that court that reverberated to the compact Budweiser Gardens crowd. Their offense was fast, scoring 30 and 38 points in the first and second quarter, and their defense was even better. The A’s were kept to just 28 points through the first half and the finished the game with a shooting percentage of just .381%.
The game was soon got out of hand. The Bolts found strength in numbers and kept the intensity up to roll to a massive Game 1 win.
Royce White had an incredible game, posting a triple-double halfway through the fourth. He finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Ryan Anderson posted an influential 18 points largely due to his chemistry with White. Anderson went 4-6 from beyond the arc.
“This is the first game and it sends a message to the league. We’re trying to send a message to everybody,” Anderson said. “It was an all-around great effort from everybody.”
Rock Bodiford led the A’s with 18 points.
“We worked hard the last couple of days and I was really pleased with the first half. I’m a little bit frustrated with the guys going into that fourth quarter, but it’s a different beast playing with a lead like that,” said coach Kyle Julius. “That first half was one of our best gameplan halves.”
These two teams will meet again on Saturday for Game 2. Tickets are still available at the Budweiser Gardens box office.