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.
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.
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.
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.
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.