Sunday afternoon marked the third game in three days for the London Lightning, so it would be understandable if they came out a little sluggish.
After all, they had won their last eight games, and were coming off a 135-130 win over the Moncton Miracles on Saturday night.
By the way the Lightning played early on, you’d be hard pressed to tell that the Lightning were playing on the third consecutive night. They came out with more intensity on offense on Sunday than they did on Saturday, and seized control of the contest from the outset.
They seized a lead early in the first quarter, and wouldn’t let the Storm take a lead of their own down the stretch, keeping their opponents at a comfortable distance.
Forward Stephen Maxwell recorded his 10th double-double of the season to pace the Lightning, and six players reached double figures for London on the afternoon.
The lead was never in doubt in the second half, and the London Lightning extended their winning streak to nine games with a 114-105 win over the Island Storm.
London started off Sunday’s game with more intensity than Saturday, taking an early 11-8 lead before the first quarter media timeout.
The Lightning kept up their strong play on both ends of the floor, holding the Storm off the scoreboard for over 3 minutes, pushing their lead to 18-8 in the process. Shortly thereafter, Kevin Loiselle connected on a three-pointer to push the Lightning’s lead to 23-10.
In his second game with the Storm this season, George Beamon kept his team in the game. He connected on a three pointer while being fouled, but missed the free throw, and the Storm were back to within 7 as the first quarter wound down.
After one, the Lightning held a 26-21 lead. In the second, they would put some distance between themselves and the Storm.
London would slowly build their lead as the quarter moved along. Nick Okorie hit a jumper to push the lead back to 7, and that was just the start.
Later on, Akeem Wright connected on a jumper of his own with 1 second left on the shot clock to give the Lightning a 13-point lead. Ryan Anderson would then hit a three pointer a little later on to push the lead to 15, prompting the Island Storm to take a timeout.
Out of the break, Josiah Turner connected on a layup in the lane to cut the deficit to 13, but London was too much in the quarter.
Marcus Capers was the focal point of a strong defensive presence, recording 3 big blocks in the quarter to limit the opportunities for the Storm. Before the buzzer, Chad Posthumus got a tip-in to fall to send the Lightning into the break with an extra shot of momentum.
After the first half, the Lightning held a comfortable 61-45 lead. Beamon (13) and Turner (10) combined for 23 of the Storm’s 45 points in the half, while the Lightning had five players with at least 6 points.
The Island Storm opened the second half by cutting the deficit to 10 points with plenty of time left to play in the contest. But, London always seemed to have an answer on offense, and put an end to the momentum for the Storm.
Anderson connected on a three pointer to push the lead back to 13, and that was just the start.
A little later on, Okorie and Anderson connected on back-to-back three point jumpers, giving London its largest lead of the second half, at 16 points.
Beamon would cut into the lead, scoring five straight points for the Storm to keep them in the game, but there wasn’t much support from the rest of his team.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Lightning held a convincing 87-75 advantage.
Credit the Storm for continuing to fight until the final buzzer. They were able to cut the deficit to single digits, getting as close as 8 in the fourth quarter.
Wright was given a technical foul midway through the quarter, and Beamon proceeded to make the ensuing free throw. Then, on the same possession for the Storm, Turner made a layup to bring the Storm to within 92-84.
That was as close as the Storm would come. London kept the Storm at a comfortable distance down the stretch, and didn’t allow the Storm to keep any sort of consistent momentum.
When all was said and done, the London Lightning completed a perfect 3-0 weekend, and extended their winning streak to nine games with the 114-105 victory over the Island Storm.
Former Manhattan star George Beamon put up big numbers in just his second game with the Island Storm this season. He came off the bench to score a game-high 34 points in just over 28 minutes of court time. Beamon also added 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Josiah Turner finished the game with 18 points and 6 assists, while Brent Jennings chipped in with 15 points in the loss.
A balanced scoring attack led the Lightning for the second night in a row, as six players reached double figures, and seven players total scored at least 9 points. Stephen Maxwell scored a team-high 28 points to go along with 18 rebounds, while Chad Posthumus recorded his own double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Marcus Capers added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Mustafaa Jones connected on 3 three-pointers in the third quarter for 9 points.
The London Lightning (12-2) have a few days off before they head back to the court. They make the trip to Windsor on Wednesday night for the Clash at the Coliseum, when they take on the Express inside Caesars Windsor.
As for the Island Storm (5-9), they head back to the East Coast after going 1-1 on their trip to Ontario. They return to the court on Thursday when they take on the Moncton Miracles.