May 30, 2017 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Hurricanes
Halifax, (NS) - The Halifax Hurricanes and the London Lightning took to the court for game three of the NBL Canada Finals Tuesday evening at the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Lightning were able to get the 105-92 win in another hard fought game, giving them a 2-1 lead in the series.
The Lightning and Hurricanes started the game off trading three pointers early and often, taking 11 shots from beyond the arc in the first five minutes of the game. The Lightning finished the first quarter with a narrow 27-25 lead. The long game continued into the second quarter, with Halifax taking advantage of hot shooting from guard Mike Poole who hit three straight deep balls to start the frame. Halifax would take a total of 25 three pointers in the first half, hitting 11 and finishing the quarter with a 49-44 lead.
In the second half, both teams seemed to switch their focus, scoring more points in the paint and taking less three pointers. Lightning forward Royce White would get charged with a technical foul in the third, after kicking the game ball into the stands in frustration. The Hurricanes took a 79-70 lead into the final frame, but the Lightning went on a 24-2 run to open the fourth quarter, extinguishing Halifax's cushion and taking the lead for good as they cruised to a win.
The Hurricanes' lead scorer on the night was forward CJ Washington with 18 points. Guards Mike Poole and Antoine Mason each dropped 15 points and Cliff Clinkscales chipped in 11 assists in the loss.
The Lightning's top performer was Ryan Anderson, scoring 33 points and dishing out 10 assists. NBLC MVP Royce White also had a big game for the lightning, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Games four and five of the seven game series will be played in Halifax on Thursday, June 1st and Saturday, June 3rd respectively. If necessary, the series will shift back to London, Ontario for games six and seven.