The London Lightning closed out their season series with the Niagara River Lions, winning 127-119 in their final match-up with their Central Conference rivals. The game means that the Lighting end their season series with Niagara with a 7-1 record.
The game started with a blistering pace, as both teams flew out of the gates. It was raining three point shots, as both teams managed to eclipse the 30 point mark before the first quarter came to a close. The Bolts found themselves down by two points as the quarter came to a close.
The Lightning pulled ahead in the second, continuing their offensive onslaught. Thanks to some key stops, the Bolts outscored the River Lions 37-24 in the quarter, and went into the half with a 70-59 lead.
Niagara continued to bend, but never break during the third quarter, but London never let up. Again, the Lightning broke the 30 point mark in the quarter, but Niagara shot the ball well too. Niagara even managed to bring the lead to within five points during the fourth. London was to much to handle however, and the Bolts took the game 127-119.
“Messy game overall, but we kind of expected that. They have a new coach and a new energy, new life. As a team they don’t shoot the three well, but today they made absolutely everything,” said Coach Kyle Julius, “I don’t think we were very good defensively. I thought we were a lot better offensively than the other night which is awesome.”
Royce White led the team in scoring with 22 points.
Marvin Phillips also had a big night, scoring 21 points while standing out on defence.
“It took a while for me to get into the flow of things, I’m still getting there,” said Marvin Phillips. “(Gaining the team’s trust) is probably the most important thing in basketball. For this team, we got a lot of talent so for us to gel together like we are to have success, we have to trust each other.”
Scoop Jardine led the River Lions with 20 points.
The Lightning are back in action Sunday, when they travel to Orangeville to take on the A’s. Tip off is set for 3pm.