The London Lightning managed to notch a win in their first game action after nearly a week, beating the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans by a score of 117 – 92. The win gives the Lightning a 5 – 3 record. The win ends a sequence of games in which the Lightning faced off against the Titans in three straight games, with the teams splitting the previous games.
The Lightning were able to pull ahead early in the first quarter thanks to the outside shooting of Julian Boyd, who’s threes gave London a strong head start, as London lead 32-17 at the end of the first quarter.
After a couple of Kitchener runs dug in to London’s lead, the Lightning managed to return the favour with a run of their own, led by Frederick Edmond’s 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Edmond’s play, along with a stifling defensive effort by the team, helped London head into halftime with a commanding 54-38 lead.
The second half was more of the same, as the Bolts depth took over while frontcourt players like Boyd and Royce White sat on the bench due to foul troubles. The Lightning continued to build their lead anyways, scoring 34 points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, with White and Boyd back in the game, the Bolts sustained and even added to their lead, with White doing most of the scoring. The London big man traded points with Kitchener’s Greg Morrow, who was unable to close the gap. When the buzzer sounded, the Lightning had beaten the Titans, 117 – 92.
Kyle Johnson led the Lightning with 19 points. Royce White also chipped in with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Fredrick Edmond ended the game with 12 points and 14 rebounds, both of which were career highs. “We’re kind of getting our legs back. Playing six games out of eight days, it was tough for us a lot of guys hurt and sick. We’ve got to keep winning, get a little win streak,” said Edmond.
The game marked the first game for the Lightning in a week, and Coach Kyle Julius believed that helped the team. “We got some practice this week even though we had a bunch of guys sick. We still got to watch film, we still got to take the time to analyze what was going versus looking ahead to the next game,” said Julius. “But now we’re back into that mode again because we’ve got another game tomorrow. It’s a whole new beast, it’s a whole new style of play.”
The Lightning face off against Windsor tomorrow at 2pm at Budweiser Gardens. London won their last match-up 129 – 105. Tickets are still available at budweisergardens.com. To follow along from home, follow the team on Twitter or subscribe and watch the live stream on YouTube.