The London Lightning (35-4) closed out the regular season with a very strong showing against their first round playoff opponents on Sunday, outlasting the Orangeville A’s 126-107 in front of an energetic crowd of 7,409 at Budweiser Gardens.
In a statement game against their future playoff opposition, the Bolts simply made the best of their opportunities, shooting the ball well and scoring in bunches — especially early on.
In the first quarter, the Bolts had their best quarter of basketball in recent memory, jumping out to a 43-25 lead and shooting a remarkable .730% well into the second quarter.
The Lightning never seemed to let the A’s back into the game after that, finishing the game with a .620 shooting percentage.
“The guys that got their minutes and haven’t been getting them, played well. Those guys, the Mo’s and Tony’s those guys have been having good practices lately so it was a reflection of having good practices,” Kyle Julius said after the game.
The Bolts spread the ball around well in their final regular season game, recording 40 assists.
“We’re going to have the most aggressive scouting report meeting tomorrow, getting ready for these guys, building our week and setting the tone for what we want to do.”
Royce White ended the game with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Mo Bolden recorded 18 points and five rebounds.
Orangeville dangerman Justin Moss finished with a game-high 33 points and 11 rebounds.
These two teams will kick off their Central Division Semi-Final series on Thursday with Game 1 in London. Game 2 will take place on Saturday before the series shifts to Orangeville.