6 Straight and Going Strong for the Lightning
(LONDON, ON) The London Lightning have continued their win streak tonight after they beat the St. John's Edge 121 to 103. It was more of the same for the Lightning, coming out high energy and really setting the tone which carried them through the game all the way up to the victory. They really kept the Edge back from doing what they wanted to do on offence and it showed in their shooting percentages across the board. The Lightning have added this win into that left hand column putting the team at 18 and 16 and third place in the division, jumping over the FIVE.
London has been playing strong for almost the past month. They have made a brand of basketball that has worked against four different teams, all being in the division, and 2 games against the same teams in the Express and Titans. No one so far has been able to match the energy of the Lightning and it was proven again tonight against the Edge. The major key for the Lightning this game was their defence.
They held St. Johns to only shooting 42% from the field as a whole. The biggest focus was their perimeter defense only letting the Edge shoot 10 of 40 from three for a 25% clip. The defence was strong all around and made it so they had momentum when they went down to play offence.
The Lightning have had consistency all around when it comes to scoring on this streak as well. They had every player on the team score at least one basket and had 6 players score in double digits. Mo Bolden lead the team with 25 followed by Marvin Phillip with 16, Kevin Ware Jr at 15, Moon with 14,and tied with 10 were AJ Gaines and Marcus Capers. Mo Bolden was the leader tonight with his previously mentioned 25 points but he did it on great efficiency shooting 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 7 from 3, as well as his 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Xavier Moon was a spark off the bench dropping 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting and tallying up 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.
Mo Bolden for the Lightning talked about his play tonight saying that "Staying focused mentally...being locked in on the ultimate goal and that's to win...I have bigger role this year and I wanted it so I got to step up to the plate." Mo has been exactly what was asked of him this year and that's a leader. He is big part of the scoring load for the team, leading the team in points per game this season, but he is also an anchor for the defense. He helps the team in a variety of different ways and it shows in his all around game every night.
The Lightning have one final game left in this home stretch and it will come on March 7th, a Thursday night. London has been strong and they will look to take it to their long time rivals the Halifax Hurricanes. For tickets to any upcoming games, visit the Budweiser Gardens Box Office or go to www.lightningbasketball.ca.
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