Lightning Streak Ends in Moncton
(MONCTON, NB) The London Lightning dropped just their second game of the season tonight as they fall to the defending National Basketball League of Canada champs, Moncton Magic. The 105-97 loss ends London's win streak at seven games and drops the team to a league best 8-2 record. Despite the loss, London still remains on top the NBL Canada standings.
The full 48 minutes was back and fourth as the Lightning and Magic found themselves tied 11 times throughout the game and exchanged 12 lead changes until Moncton took control late in the fourth held on for the win. The difference maker tonight was free throws. Not only did the Lightning shoot an abysmal 47% from the line, but the whistles seemed to be going in Moncton's favour as the Magic shot 35 free throws to London's 17.
Second year forward, Anthony Gaines Jr, led the way for the Bolts with a team-high 18 points off the bench. All starters scored double-digits tonight led by Phillips' 15 points. The other starters were: Maurice Bolden (14), Xavier Moon (12), Garrett Williamson (11) and Marcus Capers (11). Omar Strong also chipped in 13 points off the bench to round out the scoring for the Lightning.
The Lightning's two-game trip out East is now over as the team returns to Ontario to play one more game on the road in Kitchener against the Titans on January 30th before returning home the two nights later to face the Titans again. For tickets to the next home game make sure to visit the Budweiser Gardens Box Office or go to www.lightningbasketball.ca.
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