The KW Titans finally pleased their home crowd, beating the London Lightning 126-116. In the second game of a back-to-back against the Titans, the Bolts simply looked tired.
London started the game on fire, jumping out to an early double digit lead. The rest of the game did not go as smoothly.
They shot poorly from three point range and couldn’t pull down rebounds under their own basket. The Titans eventually took the lead but couldn’t seem to pull away. In the third and fourth quarters it was a back and forth affair.
The final minutes of the fourth quarter brought the most exciting action as the Lightning fell behind by five. Ryan Anderson quickly made three three points in succession to give them a lead, but the Titans didn’t go away. Jamell Harris hit a three pointer with 36 seconds to go to tie the game. London held the final possession but couldn’t sink a buzzer beater for the win.
The overtime period was the opposite of the first quarter. London looked deflated and couldn’t help but foul the Titans on defense, and even away from the ball on offense.
There were two bright spots for the Lightning, though.
Royce White managed his second triple-double in as many nights, the first player in NBLC history to do so in back-to-back games. He finished the night with 30 points, 10 assists and 14 rebounds.
Sunday’s game also happened to be a milestone one for Garrett Williamson. The longtime Bolt scored his 1000th NBLC point with his first bucket of the game. Williamson has become the fourth Bolt to score 1000 points in a Lightning uniform, joining Tim Ellis, Elvin Mims, and Marvin Phillips in the exclusive club.
Williamson had 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
“Tough loss, we just have to grow from these close ones and keep getting better. It’s early in the year,” said Williamson.
Ryan Anderson had 26 points in the contest.
The Bolts will have the week off before taking the Titans on for the third time in a row — this time at home on Saturday night. Tip-off has been set for 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the Budweiser Gardens box office.