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RECAP: London Lightning Hold on Down the Stretch to Take Down Orangeville, 106-101

Chad Posthumus stood out in a crowd on Saturday night, recording a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the London Lightning past the Orangeville As, 106-101. Source: College Court Report)
Chad Posthumus (20) stood out in a crowd on Saturday night, recording a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the London Lightning past the Orangeville As, 106-101. (Source: College Court Report)

Saturday night saw two of the top teams in the National Basketball League of Canada take part in their first meeting of the season, as the London Lightning played host to the Orangeville A’s. Both teams are loaded with talent, so points were going to be aplenty on the night.

Fans of college basketball knew all too well what some of the players in the game could bring to the table, and we had a battle of former collegiate forwards on our hands all game long. Former Buffalo Bulls star Justin Moss now calls Orangeville his basketball home, and he went up against the NCAA trio of Stephen MaxwellChad Posthumus, and Curtis Washington of the Lightning. Add in Flenard Whitfoeld (Western Michigan) and Richard Amardi (Oregon) for the A’s, and the paint was the place to watch all night long.

The Lightning led most of the way, but had to fight in the closing minutes to keep the A’s from taking the lead. In the end, London held on for the 106-101 victory over Orangeville. Continue reading RECAP: London Lightning Hold on Down the Stretch to Take Down Orangeville, 106-101

RECAP: London Lightning Use Balanced Scoring Attack to Knock off the Windsor Express, 95-79

Jordan Weidner was one of five London Lightning players to score in double figures, and London cruised to the 95-79 win over Adrian Moss and the Windsor Express.
Jordan Weidner was one of five London Lightning players to score in double figures, and London cruised to the 95-79 win over Adrian Moss and the Windsor Express. (Source: College Court Report)

Tuesday night saw the only two teams to win a championship in the history of the NBL Canada square off for the first time in 2015-16. The London Lightning won the first two championships in the league’s existence, while the Windsor Express are the two-time defending league champions. They are undoubtedly the two powerhouse franchises in the league, and both were looking for a statement win.

Both teams were coming off a loss in their last outing. The Lightning lost a heart-breaker on the road against the Niagara River Lions. It was the second game of a home-and-home series on consecutive nights, and a buzzer-beating three pointer sent the River Lions to the 106-104 victory. As for the Express, they also lost on a last-minute shot, falling to the Orangeville A’s, 98-97, in their season opener.

Points were a premium in the opening quarter of Tuesday night’s showdown, but the Lightning kicked things into another gear as the game progressed. Behind a balanced scoring attack that saw five players reach double figures, the London Lightning held down their home court with the 95-79 victory. Continue reading RECAP: London Lightning Use Balanced Scoring Attack to Knock off the Windsor Express, 95-79

RECAP: Ward, Patterson Lead London Lightning to 122-109 Win in Season Opener over Niagara River Lions

Stephen Maxwell (21) and Logan Stutz (11) both put together strong performances on Saturday night, but it was Maxwell and the London Lightning who could come away with the 122-109 victory over the Niagara River Lions (Source: College Court Report)
Stephen Maxwell (21) and Logan Stutz (11) both put together strong performances on Saturday night, but it was Maxwell and the London Lightning who could come away with the 122-109 victory over the Niagara River Lions (Source: College Court Report)

December 26th serves as Boxing Day in Canada, which means a lot of shopping to most. It also marks the start of the IIHF World Juniors for others. But, what some may not know, it also marks the start of the National Basketball League of Canada regular season.

The league, which is entering its fifth season of existence, pushed the start of their season back to after Christmas due to weather conflicts for some teams on the East Coast. On Saturday, the regular season kicked off, and what a night it was.

The London Lightning opened the season at home against the newest team to the league, the Niagara River Lions. The River Lions are a new expansion team, while the Lightning have consistently been one of the top teams in the country in each of the first four years.

Niagara came ready to play in the opening quarter, but were unable to keep up with the Lightning over the course of the game. London used a big second quarter to propel them into the lead, and they slowly pulled away in the second half.

The London Lightning came away with the 122-109 victory in the season opener over the Niagara River Lions. Continue reading RECAP: Ward, Patterson Lead London Lightning to 122-109 Win in Season Opener over Niagara River Lions