The London Lightning have tied an NBLC record with their 12th win in a row, a 108-104 win over the Halifax Hurricanes on the east coast.
It was a nail biter for the Lightning, though, as they glided past Halifax through the first 45 minutes of basketball. London held an 18 point lead with 3:32 remaining. The Hurricanes turned on the jets though and made basket after basket to draw within three. Fortunately for London, it was too little too late, and they escaped with the victory.
The Lightning dominated the paint in the first half, gathering 38 points near the basket. Royce White racked up 15 of his 26 points in the half. He would finish with the most points for either team.
High flying Junior Cadougan netted 16 points while Doug Herring Jr. added nine points and 10 assists.
The entire game it seemed that when London tried to slip away with a lead, Halifax returned fire, usually from the three point line. The Hurricanes finished the game shooting 16-of-42 from beyond the arc. London, meanwhile, shot 54.9 per cent from the field, building their lead incrementally over the first three quarters.
Coach Kyle Julius said the Hurricanes resiliency made things difficult.
“That was a hard fought win. We faced some adversity and they hit a ton of tough shots. We stayed the course and stayed together, so it was a good road win.”
London will now wait to play the Cape Breton Highlanders on Sunday, looking to break the NBLC record for most wins in a row with 13. They will wrap up the east coast road trip against the Riptide in Saint John on Tuesday.