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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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RECAP: London Lightning Lead Wire-to-Wire in 115-94 Victory over Niagara River Lions

Akeem Wright found his groove from three point range, shooting 50% from beyond the arc, en route to 22 points to help lead the London Lightning to the 115-94 victory over the Niagara River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)
Akeem Wright found his groove from three point range, shooting 50% from beyond the arc, en route to 22 points to help lead the London Lightning to the 115-94 victory over the Niagara River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)

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.

London came out on fire, opening the game on an 11-0 run, and never looked back The Lightning led from wire-to-wire, cruising to the 115-94 win over the River Lions to send them off to the East Coast riding a two-game winning streak. Continue reading RECAP: London Lightning Lead Wire-to-Wire in 115-94 Victory over Niagara River Lions

RECAP: Niagara River Lions Topple the London Lightning on the Road in Lokole’s Head Coaching Debut

Ryan Anderson poured in a game-high 23 points for the Lightning, but Da'Quan Cook (30) led a balanced attack for the River Lions that saw 6 players reach double figures. Niagara took down the Lightning on Wednesday night, 111-108, in Grâce Lokole's head coaching debut for the River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)
Ryan Anderson poured in a game-high 23 points for the Lightning, but Da’Quan Cook (30) led a balanced attack for the River Lions that saw 6 players reach double figures. Niagara took down the Lightning on Wednesday night, 111-108, in Grâce Lokole’s head coaching debut for the River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)

Wednesday night’s tilt between the visiting Niagara River Lions and the host London Lightning was a signature event for both sides.

For the hometown Lightning, they honoured one of the top athletes in the world to come out of London when they hosted Damian Warner night inside Budweiser Gardens. Warner is one of the marquee names in the world of decathlons, and looks like a top threat to win a gold medal come Rio 2016.

On the flip side, the River Lions were being led by a new head coach on the bench. Grâce Lokole was named the interim head coach after Ken Murray was relieved of his duties just days earlier. Lokole has an extensive background in the game of basketball, but coaching his first professional game surely brought some nerves, even if he didn’t show them.

His first task was against the best team in the league, but he made sure his team came ready to play.

It was a back-and-forth affair from the outset. Both teams took their own large lead during the game, but it came down to the wire. Niagara had the lead in the closing minutes, and it looked as though the Lightning were on the verge of taking the lead for themselves. Niagara bent, but never broke, and spoiled Damian Warner night while securing Lokole’s first win as the head coach of the River Lions.

Niagara went on the road and came away with the hard-fought 111-108 victory over London. Continue reading RECAP: Niagara River Lions Topple the London Lightning on the Road in Lokole’s Head Coaching Debut

RECAP: London Lightning Pull Away in Closing Minutes to Top the Niagara River Lions 123-114

After missing the past couple of games due to the birth of his second child, Akeem Wright returned to the Lightning lineup on Wednesday night, recording 13 points and 7 rebounds as London took down the Niagara River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)
After missing the past couple of games due to the birth of his second child, Akeem Wright returned to the Lightning lineup on Wednesday night, recording 13 points and 7 rebounds as London took down the Niagara River Lions. (Source: Stu Switzer)

For anyone in the world, family comes first.

London Lightning forward Akeem Wright missed the team’s previous two games to be with his family as they welcomed his second son into the world. After taking some much-needed time away, Wright said that everyone was doing well, and he made his return to the hardwood.

On Wednesday night, Wright was a welcome addition back into the lineup as the Lightning took on the visiting Niagara River Lions on a snowy night in London, ON. Akeem showed a bit of rust early on, but shook it off as the game moved along.

It was a back-and-forth affair for 45 minutes, before London pulled away as the game wound down. A 7-0 run broke a 113-all tie, and sent them to their league-leading 14th victory of the season.

Wright finished the game with 13 points, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 4 rebounds as London came away with a hard-fought 123-114 victory over the Niagara River Lions. Continue reading RECAP: London Lightning Pull Away in Closing Minutes to Top the Niagara River Lions 123-114

Lightning Strikes: London Cruises to the 107-93 Victory over the Niagara River Lions

Tyshawn Patterson poued in 21 points to go along with 6 rebounds to help lead the London Lightning to the 107-93 win over the visiting Niagara River Lions. It was their second win over Niagara in three tries this season. (Source: Stu Switzer)
Tyshawn Patterson poued in 21 points to go along with 6 rebounds to help lead the London Lightning to the 107-93 win over the visiting Niagara River Lions. It was their second win over Niagara in three tries this season. (Source: Stu Switzer)

The 2015-16 NBL Canada season isn’t even a month old, and Thursday night marked the third meeting of the season between the visiting Niagara River Lions and the host London Lightning.

Coming into the night, the teams were coming off different outcomes in their last outings. London used a big comeback on the weekend to take down the Orangeville A’s on the road, while the River Lions faltered down the stretch in their loss to the Windsor Express. Both teams were looking to put together a complete 48-minute performance on Thursday, and come away with a momentum-building win.

It was back and forth to open the first quarter, but London started to gain momentum as the first quarter came to a close. Once London took the lead, they held down their home court with a firm grip, not letting the River Lions back in front throughout the game.

Niagara made the score a bit closer in garbage time, but the London Lightning cruised to the 107-93 victory over the River Lions. Continue reading Lightning Strikes: London Cruises to the 107-93 Victory over the Niagara River Lions

CCR Game Day: Niagara River Lions Continue Four-Game Road Swing Against the London Lightning

Logan Stutz has been a thorn in the side of the London Lightning in the two previous meeting this season, averaging 23.5 points per contest as the two teams split the home-and-home series to start the season. (Source: Stu Switzer)
Logan Stutz has been a thorn in the side of the London Lightning in the two previous meeting this season, averaging 23.5 points per contest as the two teams split the home-and-home series to start the season. (Source: Stu Switzer)

The London Lightning and the Niagara River Lions are both heading into their 7th game in the young 2015-16 season in the NBL Canada, but the occasion marks the third meeting between the two teams in the early parts of the year.

They took part in a home-and-home series to open the year, with each team winning in their respective home openers. London took the first game of the season, 122-109, but the River Lions would get their revenge the next night.

In the home opener for the expansion River Lions, a buzzer-beating three sent Niagara to their first win in the league, a 106-104 win over the Lightning. It sent the crowd into a frenzy at the Meridian Center, and showed that the team was for real.

Thursday night provides each team with an opportunity for some more momentum as the season moves along. London is looking to win their second straight contest, while the River Lions are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Windsor Express in their last outing.

A stop in London is the second stop for the River Lions on their four-game road swing, and they’re looking for a win before they head out East for the first time this season.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of tonight’s showdown between the Lightning and the River Lions.
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