The London Lightning extended their winning streak to nine games Wednesday night, however it wasn’t easy.
Royce White led the way with 20 points as the Lightning beat the Cape Breton Highlanders 129-109.
The Highlanders kept pace with the Bolts into the fourth quarter, even holding the lead while both teams struggled defensively in the first half, and looked uncoordinated in the second.
Cape Breton hit 6/7 three pointers in the first quarter, which ended with the Lightning up 39-36. Both teams had eclipsed the 60-point mark by the end of the half.
London’s shooting from the perimeter heated up while Cape Breton’s cooled down. Kyle Johnson and Joel Friesen both shot 50 per cent from outside. Johnson finished with 19 points while Friesen contributed 16.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Lightning got a firm grasp on the lead.
“It was a slow start for us… but we knew if we stuck with our game plan it would come in the second half,” Kyle Johnson said. “We knew what we were capable of, we just have to get back to the basics on defence, and the rest will come.”
“We were soft [in the first half], we missed a bunch of assignments on defence,” Head Coach Kyle Julius said. “Unfortunately, in that first half I think we took them lightly but the second [half] was better, and we had some guys that came in with some energy.”
White finished with another double-double (20 points, 12 rebounds) and every Lightning member made it onto the score sheet.
The Bolts will now get set for an Atlantic Division road trip that will send them to Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick starting with a date with the Island Storm on Saturday.