The London Lightning defeated the Niagara River Lions by a score of 125-79. The game marked the second in a row that these two teams did battle at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines.
The Lightning came out of the gates on fire, opening up a 9-2 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter. That lead continued to grow thanks to the perfect shooting of Ryan Anderson, along with strong team defence.
The Bolts forced 9 turnovers in the quarter, and ended the first with a 27-12 lead.
That hot shooting continued into the second, as Anderson and Joel Friesen continued to nail shot after shot from beyond the arc.
At the half, the Lightning were up 62-32, shooting a blistering 62.5% from 3-point range, while holding Niagara to only 10%.
The third quarter was a different story, as the River Lions fought back. Marcus Lewis started to heat up, scoring 14 points in the quarter. That spurred the River Lions to 33 third quarter points, closing the gap to 84-65.
London righted the ship in the fourth, going on a 22-8 run through the first part of the quarter. They would end up with 41 points in the quarter, compared to 14 from Niagara.
When the buzzer sounded, the Lightning won 125-79.
“Just told the guys that it’s fun group to work with,” Coach Kyle Julius said after the game, “They’re unselfish, they play hard, nobody complains about minutes, everyone moves the ball, its a really fun group to work with.”
Royce White notched his third triple-double of the season, recording 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. That performance ties White for the NBL Canada career lead in triple-doubles, tying him with Cedric Moodie and Trayvon Lathan.
“You can’t get a triple double without your team playing great.” White said, “It definitely feels good to come in here and sweep again”
Julian Boyd led all scorers and rebounders in the game with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
“I think we did a great job, we focused on defence tonight, as you can see by the score. “said Boyd, “Its one of our best games holding teams to a low score all season.”
Ryan Anderson shot 8-13 from 3-point land in the game, ending the night with 28 points. Marcus Lewis led the River Lions with 26 points.
The win brings London up to a record of 13-3 — which gives ties them with the Atlantic Divison-leading Halifax Hurricanes (13-2). These two teams will play in London on Feb. 20.
“We have some tests coming up, so we’re looking forward to the games coming up,” Julius said about the team’s upcoming schedule, “but I’m happy with the group right now.”
The Lightning will now enjoy a nine-day break before hosting the Orangeville A’s at Budweiser Gardens on Feb. 18th. Tickets are still available online or at the Budweiser Gardens box office.