Marvin Phillips Post-Game vs Niagara
After losing 114-93 to the Windsor Express on Wednesday night and having their 14 game winning streak snapped. The London Lightning went back to their winning ways beating the Niagara River Lions and Orangeville A’s this weekend to improve to a 20-4 record for top spot in the league. Saturday night the Lightning and River Lions turned Budweiser Gardens into the shootout at the O.K. Corral. A game that featured a 68 point 1st quarter (35-33 Niagara) and scuffle between the teams in the 3rd quarter, only to have cooler heads prevail. London would have a 101-89 lead heading into the 4th quarter, only to have Niagara start the frame on a 10-3 run. Cutting the lead down to 5, 104-99 with 8:13 left in the game, but unfortunately for the last place team in the Central Division that’s as close as they would get to coming back, as the Lightning would respond with a 16-3 run. Making the River Lions suffer their 16th loss of the season in a 127-119 final. In defeat Niagara still impressively had 8 of their 9 players reach double digits scoring, which seems promising for the team’s future. Marvin Phillips (21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals) and Royce White (22 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists) led the way to the London Lighting fans heading home happy. 20 hours after tipping off in London, Ontario the Lightning would battle the Orangeville A’s at the Athlete Institute. Continuing their volume of offence from the previous night London would score 35 points in the 1st quarter to grab an 11 point lead. Despite being outscored in the 2nd (37-33), 3rd (29-27) and 4th (32-31), London would officially be back on a win streak (all be it 2 games) with a 126-122 final. Royce White’s 30 point performance led everyone on the court in scoring, along with support from five teammates hitting double-digit scoring on the afternoon. The London Lightning are back at home this Thursday night to take on the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (11-13) to try and make it 3 wins in a row. Last time these two teams played each other was back on January 26th when the Lighting won 105-97 in Kitchener. That was the 4th win of the Lightning’s 14 game winning streak that actually started with a 117-92 win over the Titans on home court January 14th. It’ll be interesting to see if the Titans have an answer for the powerful Lightning offence which just produced 253 points in under 24 hours.