Head-to-Head Match-Ups - LONDON WON SEASON SERIES 6-1
January 4, 2017 - A`s 121 Lightning 113 @ Athlete Institute A solid fourth quarter that saw Orangeville outscore London 32-27 in the final frame for the win in their first match-up of the season. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 30 points to go along with 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Anthony Harris added 29 points and 6 assists. Julian Boyd led the way for London with 31.
February 18, 2017 - Lightning 109 A's 97 @ Bud GardensThe London Lightning extended their winning streak to 10 games straight, toughing it out in a chippy showdown with the Orangeville A’s, winning 109-97. The first quarter went back and forth as the A’s shot the ball well to start the game. The Lightning answered back with sharp shooters Ryan Anderson, Doug Herring Jr. and Joel Friesen nailing threes from beyond the arc. The pace of the game slowed considerably in the second quarter, with both teams struggling to build momentum. London would outscore Orangeville in the quarter, but only by a score of 21-20. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 55-48 lead. London pulled away in the third, with Herring Jr. staying on fire, nailing three after three. With no way to stop the Bolts, they would go on to score 33 points in the quarter. After a scare in middle of the fourth quarter, and some heated play between the two teams, London maintained their lead and closed out the game, going home with the 109-97 victory.
March 12, 2017 Lightning 126 A`s 122 @ Athlete Institute - The fourth quarter began with a London Lightning three pointer to give them some breathing room at 98-90. The A's responded and brought the game to within 5 points as their defensive aggression forced the Lightning to attack from within the paint. Nastic continued to contribute for the A's offense with 8 points inside. With A’s down one, 117-118, the London Lightning’s Ryan Anderson attacked the paint and kicked the ball out to an open Doug Herring Jr. who knocked down the clutch 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds on the clock to give London a 4 point lead, 121-117. That 3 ultimately led to the W for London, 126-122. Royce White finished as London's top performer with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Garrett Williamson and Joel Friesen totaled with 17 of their own. Along with Stefan Nastic's 19 points, Corbin Thomas also contributed 19 points of his own along with 3 rebounds for the A's, while Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored 11 and dished out 13 assists.
March 18, 2017 - Lightning 109 wins A`s 91 @ Athlete Institute
The London Lightning kicked off a three-game-in-three-day stretch off with a confident 109-91 win in Orangeville against the A’s. The Bolts picked up where they left off on Thursday, jumping out to a 20-10 lead in the first on the back of strong rebounding and perimeter shooting. Orangeville cut into London’s lead in the second through a 27-24 quarter to take a six-point deficit into half. Proficiency on the boards helped London keep a steady lead throughout, with the Bolts outrebounding Orangeville 54-40 and scoring 19 second-chance points. With a steady first half behind them, the Bolts kept up with the atheltic Orangeville side through the second half — keeping them at bay on offense and challenging them on defence. The Bolts pulled ahead in the fourth to grab their fourth win in a row. Doug Herring Jr. led the game with 22 points. Royce White had 21 points and 8 rebounds.
March 21, 2017 - Lightning 99 wins A`s 93 @ Bud Gardens
Fatigue was an early factor for the Bolts, who managed to find another gear down the stretch to win their fourth game in five days. London’s difficult schedule finally caught up to them in the first half when they went down early to the visiting A’s. The Bolts failed to move the ball effectively and were somewhat outran by an athletic A’s side that kept the pressure on as they did on Saturday night in London’s 109-91 win at the Athlete’s Institute. Despite this, London managed to close out the dismal half on an uplifting note thanks to an 11-2 run. Much of London’s first half successes was led by Royce White — who eventually gave London their first lead of the second half with an emphatic dunk that sent Budweiser Gardens into a frenzy. Back-and-forth play led to an emotional fourth quarter for both teams — which London got the better of. A number of wonderful individual efforts — specifically from Garrett Williamson, White, Doug Herring Jr., and Joel Friesen — got the crowd on its feet and London surging on the court. The game was littered with inside play and London seemed to take advantage of that the most. Late drives by Williamson and Herring Jr. helped sealed the deal for the Bolts, who have now won five straight games and 21 in their last 22. Doug Herring Jr. led scoring with 26 points. Royce White had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.
March 26, 2017 - Lightning 140 wins A`s 130 @ Athlete Institute
The London Lightning defeated the Orangeville A’s 130-140 Sunday afternoon at the Athlete Institute and now stand at 25-4.
“It was a good win. We faced some adversity with players in foul trouble and they caught a bunch of bounces. We just kept fighting and executed down the stretch.” said head coach Kyle Julius. “The last three or four minutes we’ve been winning the last five or six games. When you win under pressure in the last five or so minutes it shows toughness, grit and resolve.” Ryan Anderson led all scorers with 35 points. Garrett Williamson had 21 points and Julian Boyd added 18 points and 8 rebounds.
April 30, 2017 - Lightning 126 wins A`s 107 @ Bud GardensThe London Lightning (35-5) closed out the regular season with a very strong showing against their first round playoff opponents on Sunday, outlasting the Orangeville A’s 126-107 in front of an energetic crowd of 7,409 at Budweiser Gardens. In a statement game against their future playoff opposition, the Bolts simply made the best of their opportunities, shooting the ball well and scoring in bunches — especially early on. The Bolts spread the ball around well in their final regular season game, recording 40 assists. Royce White ended the game with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds. Mo Bolden recorded 18 points and five rebounds.