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Lightning Win First NBL Canada Play-Off Game

March 6, 2012 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - London Lightning News Release

A brand new season began tonight in Harbour Station . The London Lightning travelled east and fought in an intense battle that ended with them beating Saint John, 106-105, in the first ever NBL Canada play-off game.

"We played great defense in the last 4 minutes. I told my team if we hang in there we will win down the stretch and we won down the stretch," explained Coach Micheal Ray Richardson on their win tonight. "I want the John Labatt Centre full on Friday to cheer us to victory."

The first play-off game saw the Lightning's offence supplied by Shamari Spears and Gabe Freeman who provided 18 points a piece. Rodney Buford's 13 points didn't reflect the impact he had on the game, hitting 3 clutch shots in the fourth quarter to secure the Lightning win. Even though it is the post season, the team stuck to its tried and true formula of going deep with its bench, having six players in double figures by the end.

Keeping the battle intense were Saint John's Anthony Anderson, who was 6 for 7 at the 3 point line, finishing with 26 points. Jermaine Blackburn finished close behind with 22.

The series now shifts back to London for game 2. The tip-off is Friday night at 7 pm at the John Labatt Centre.

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