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Five Figures From The London Lightning’s Current 10-Game Winning Streak

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Royce White and the London Lightning have won 10 straight games, and will go for #11 on Wednesday against the St. John’s Edge, whom they beat to start the steak back in December. (Source: The London Camera Club) (Header: The London Camera Club)

LONDON, Ont. — The London Lightning are proving once again why they are the best team in the NBL Canada.

Last season, they won their third league title in convincing fashion. They had a talented roster that was led by Royce WhiteGarrett Williamson, Ryan Anderson, and others. In the off-season, head coach Kyle Julius took a job overseas, and several key players went different routes. It left more questions than answers coming into this season.

Just when it looked as though they couldn’t get any better, they somehow did.

One could make the case that this year’s edition of the team has more talent and offensive weapons than the team that won it all a season ago. They are getting scoring from everyone on the roster, and they aren’t even at full health. Marcus Capers and Kyle Johnson are both nursing injuries, but are due back in the near future.

The balanced attack has propelled the Lightning on a 10-game winning streak, and to the top of the league standings after a 2-5 start to the season. Here are five figures from the Lightning’s current streak that stand out among the rest.
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Three Things We Learned From the 129-98 Win For The London Lightning Over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans

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Garrett Williamson (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) was one of six players to score in double-figures for the London Lightning as they cruised past Kitchener-Waterloo, 129-98. (Source: London Free Press) (Header: Matt Hiscox Photography)

LONDON, Ont. — Make it nine straight victories for the London Lightning, who started the season with five losses over their first seven games.

Six players scored in double figures on Wednesday night for the Lightning, as they extended their winning to nine games with a 129-98 win over the visiting Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

On the contrary, the Titans lost their fourth straight contest, and fell to 2-9 on the season. In their second season as a member of the NBL Canada, they have talented pieces on the roster, but haven’t been able to turn that into wins on the court.

Inside the Budweiser Gardens on Wednesday night, we learned a lot about both teams moving forward in the 2017-18 season. Here are three things we noticed from the Lightning’s 31-point victory over the Titans: Continue reading Three Things We Learned From the 129-98 Win For The London Lightning Over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans

Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

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Former BYU guard Tyler Haws is the latest former NCAA star to head north of the border for the next chapter in his professional basketball career. (Source: CBS Sports)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s Edge are in their inaugural season in the NBL Canada, but they have already assembled one of the league’s more talented rosters.

The expansion club boasts a list of former NCAA stars, one that includes the likes of Grandy Glaze, Wally Ellenson, Colton Ray-St. Cyr, and Jarryn Skeete. Then, when you add in the likes of Carl English, Alex Johnson, and others, it’s clear to see why the Edge have taken the NBL Canada by storm this season.

On Tuesday, ahead of the Edge’s home contest with the visiting Windsor Express, the team added a pair of players. One, in particular, comes from the West Coast Conference, where he played collegiate basketball with the BYU Cougars. Continue reading Former BYU Guard to Play Professionally in Canada

The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Julian Boyd (42) is currently recovering from his fourth ACL surgery, but it hasn’t stopped him on his basketball journey. The former LIU Brooklyn star sat down with Nico Wright to talk his recovery, life, and more. (Source: Stu Switzer – London Lightning)

LONDON, Ont. — Recently, I paid a visit to the London Lightning Head Office in London, Ontario, where I sat down with current Lightning player and former Long Island University (LIU) Blackbird star Julian Boyd.

We talked about many things: basketball, life, and something that has been a recurring theme in Boyd’s basketball career, and not for the better.

The anterior cruciate ligament, more commonly referred to as the ACL.  Continue reading The Road to Recovery: Julian Boyd talks his injury history, basketball, and more

Maryland-Eastern Shore alum Derrico Peck signs with the Saint John Riptide

Derrico Peck split his college career between Northeastern and Maryland-Eastern Shore. Now, he’s heading north of the border to play in the NBL Canada. (Source: @BeckerSportsCDN)

SAINT JOHN, NB. — With the 2017 NBL Canada Draft now in the rearview mirror, the attention shifts to the start of the 2017-18 season for the ten teams in the league.

After adding the likes of Cleon Roberts from the La Salle Explorers and Kyle Steward from the UMKC ‘Roos by way of the draft, the Saint John Riptide made some more personnel moves to bolster their roster ahead of the 2017-18 season.

The Riptide went out and added some more former Division I players ahead of the upcoming season, and added depth to the front court in the process.

Saint John signed 6’7” wing Derrico Peck, who most recently played for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks during the 2016-17 season, to add some size and athleticism to the roster. Continue reading Maryland-Eastern Shore alum Derrico Peck signs with the Saint John Riptide

Robert Ukawuba selected by the Windsor Express in the Second Round of the NBL Canada Draft

After playing four years with the NJIT Highlanders, guard Rob Ukawuba joins former teammate Tim Coleman in the NBL Canada. Ukawuba was selected 16th overall in the second round by the Windsor Express. (Source: NYC Buckets)

CANMORE, Alta. — The NJIT Highlanders are slowly starting to take over the NBL Canada.

Earlier this week, former Highlander Tim Coleman inked his first professional contract, signing with the 2016 NBL Canada champion Halifax Hurricanes.

Now, one of Coleman’s teammates from last season will be his counterpart in the NBL Canada.

Guard Robert Ukawuba, who played four seasons with the Highlanders from 2013 to 2017, was selected by the Windsor Express with the 16th selection in the second round of the 2017 NBL Canada Draft. Ukawuba took part in the Draft Combine over the weekend, and left his mark with the staff of the Express.

That makes two Highlanders coming north of the border in less than a week. Continue reading Robert Ukawuba selected by the Windsor Express in the Second Round of the NBL Canada Draft