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 White, Garrett 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.
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.
With the 2016-17 NBL Canada season under a month away, teams are starting to assemble their training camp rosters, and get the right pieces in place as they embark on the journey towards the NBL Canada Championship.
Even though each team protected six players from last year’s roster at the start of the off-season, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from off-season moves.
On Tuesday, the London Lightning and the Windsor Express pulled off a trade that will drastically shake up the lineup for both teams moving forwards.
After a shaky East Coast road trip, the London Lightning couldn’t wait to get back on their home floor.
The Lightning went 1-3 over the past week against teams from the Atlantic Division, including a 119-107 loss to the Halifax Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Back home in front of their home crowd, the Lightning were looking to get back on the right track as the playoffs are quickly approaching. A big first quarter put the team on the right track, as they reeled off a 25-5 run over the last 6:52 to blow the game wide open.
From the outset of Wednesday, it was destined to be a good day for the London Lightning.
The Lightning hosted “Be a Champ” day inside the Budweiser Gardens, an event for the Thames Valley District School Board. Lightning guard Ryan Anderson showcased his talents for the audience, putting together a spectacular singing performance and showing that he is much more than just a sharp-shooter from long distance.
Then, in the pre-game ceremonies, the Lightning Dance Pack aided in a wedding proposal that had everyone in a good mood before the game started. NBL Canada ambassador Saidat was surprised by her partner as the dancers did a performance to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’.
She said yes, and the night was already off to a good start.
London was looking for one more win on their home court before heading off on a week-long road trip to the East Coast. They were taking on a Niagara River Lions team who was on a bit of a roll, going 9-5 since their coaching change that saw them promote Grace Lokole from assistant to head coach.
For the better part of the 2015-16 season, the London Lightning have been at the top of the Central Division standings. While they no longer have the league’s top record, they are arguably the top contender for the NBL Canada championship.
As of late, the Lightning have seen their lead atop the division standings cut down to 2.5 games coming into Saturday’s game. The Windsor Express lost to the Niagara River Lions on Saturday, giving London an opportunity to stretch their cushion to 3.5 games with a win on their home court.
For the second time in four days, and third in the past month, the Lightning took on the Orangeville A’s. Back on Wednesday, the A’s got the better of the Lightning, coming away with a 103-91 victory.
Early on, it didn’t look good for the Lightning on their home floor. They found themselves trailing by as many as 19 points late in the third quarter, and they looked to be well on their way to another loss at the hands of Orangeville.