The London Lightning took on their heated rivals, the Windsor Express, in another chapter of the 401 rivalry. With first place in the NBLC on the line, the Bolts managed to derail the Express, 117-113.
The first quarter saw the Lightning come out to a big start, pulling ahead about six minutes into the game. Kyle Johnson drilled a couple of key shots giving London 27-19 head start.
London continued to remain hot during the second, putting up 30 points in the quarter. All-in-all, London held Windsor to 28% shooting in the half, including only 9% from beyond the arc. The half closed with London up 57-44.
Windsor fought back in the third and managed to close the gap thanks to some sharp shooting from former Bolt Tony Bennett. London managed to hold on to the lead despite the barrage, but only by a narrow 85-84 margin.
London went back to work in the fourth, with Junior Cadougan and Doug Herring Jr. providing some excellent late game work. Windsor never quit, but London won the day, taking home the 117-113 victory.
“We went small tonight, we’re small at the moment. We’re trying to figure things out without Julian (Boyd), we’re trying to acclimate Mo. We didn’t battle on the glass over the course of the night the way we wanted to, which crept in and bit us in the fourth quarter,” said head coach Kyle Julius.
Royce White led the way for the Lightning with 26 points and 16 rebounds. Kyle Johnson also continued his hot shooting with a 24 point night.
Juan Pattillo led the Express with 32 points and 20 rebounds.
“This team showed a lot of heart and toughness. This game was a big game for us. It was for first place in the league and home court advantage throughout the playoffs and this was a big goal for us. I couldn’t be more proud of our group. Could we have played better? Yes, but I’m still very proud.” said Julius.
The Lightning are back in action on Sunday, visiting the KW Titans in Kitchener; before returning to London on Wednesday to take on those very same Titans.