GAME DAY NOTES
KW Titans vs. London Lightning
Familiar Central Division foes square off for the final time of the regular season as the KW Titans (16-20) visit Bud Gardens to battle with the London Lightning (31-5)!
April 19, 2017
The Lightning have already clinched the best record in the league guaranteeing them home court advantage throughout the playoffs and are now have an opportunity of reaching another milestone as they're only two wins shy of most total franchise wins with 33 set during the 2012-2013 season. London will use the remaining four games of the regular season schedule to get ready for the playoffs by resting some players and giving those who haven't had as much action more time on the floor.
LAST 10: 9 wins 1 loss
Projected Starting Lineup:
Doug Herring Jr (G),Garrett Williamson (G), Ryan Anderson (G/F), Marvin Phillips (F), Royce White (C)
The Titans travel to Bud Gardens to take on the Lightning in their final regular season match-up of the year. KW have had some tough battles against London the last few contests having lost by two in their last meeting and falling in an overtime thriller the game before. They've definitely have come close and will have another shot at becoming the only team to defeat London twice this season.
LAST 10: 5 wins 5 losses
Projected Starting Lineup:
Adam Blazek (G), Ed Horton (G), Greg Morrow (G/F), Flenard Whitfield (F), George Blakeney (C)
HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCHUPS - LONDON LEADS SERIES 6-1
January 7, 2017
LIGHTNING 113 TITANS 108 @ Bud Gardens
London wins the first game of the season series 113-108 at Bud Gardens in a game that saw Royce White record his first triple double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists
January 8, 2017
TITANS 126 LIGHTNING 116 @ The Aud
KW picks up the overtime 126-116 win at The Aud giving the franchise their first ever home win in team history. Jamel Harris banked in a game tying three point shot to send the game into overtime. Ricky Tarrant, AJ Davis and Orlando Coleman all scored 19 points in the win.
January 14, 2017
LIGHTNING 117 TITANS 92 @ Bud Gardens
Kyle Johnson led the Lightning in scoring with 19 points and five other players finished in double digit scoring while Greg Morrow was the top scorer for the Titans with 22 points.
January 25, 2017
LIGHTNING 105 TITANS 97 @ The Aud
Lightning star Royce White once again came close to his third triple double of the season, racking up 23 points, nine boards and six dimes. Kyle Johnson scored 21 points for London, shooting 10/17 from the field. Marvin Phillips recorded 9 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of work in his return while Doug Herring Jr knotched 11 points in his Lightning debut.
The Titans, who had their win streak snapped at two games, were led by Adam Blazek with 16 points The six-foot-one guard was 4/5 from beyond the arc, but also turned the ball over six times for KW, which had a costly 20 TOs as a team.
March 16, 2017
LIGHTNING 101 TITANS 91 @ Bud Gardens
In a game that saw few big plays or momentum changes, the Bolts stayed the course and followed through to improve on their 20-4 record ahead of a tough weekend. The game started off slow with both teams failing to find any kind of rhythm on the offensive side of the floor. London managed to gain an early advantage on the boards, which proved to be vital in the low scoring affair. With both defenses at the top of their game, something had to give. Fortunately for London, KW’s offense was what did. The Titans managed a lowly 14 points in the second half and, thanks to a Marvin Phillips buzzer beater, the Lightning took a 49-36 lead into half. Play opened up a bit on both ends of the court in the second half, with London finding their stride through a 32-point third quarter. The game was all but decided in the fourth, with London cruising to their third win in a row. Scoring was largely spread out amongst the Bolts, with Royce White leading the way with 16 points. Joel Friesen had arguably the most impressive showing, going 5-6 from beyond the arc for 15 points. The Bolts finished the game ahead of KW in rebounds (57-43), assists (26-21), and three-point percentage (.437%-.228%).
March 16, 2017
LIGHTNING 95 TITANS 90 OT @ The Aud
The first quarter was a tough, physical period. London’s Royce White and Kitchener-Waterloo’s Tyrone Dickson battled inside, but neither team could get any sort of momentum. London ended the quarter with a slight 16-12 edge. In a much better second quarter, London continued to ride the interior play of White. Joel Friesen also knocked down some threes. The Titans kept pace though, as Adam Blazek made some shots from beyond the arc as well. At the end of the half, the Lightning were up 41-38. The Lightning continued to rely on their depth in the second half. With players in foul trouble, the Titans managed to crawl back into the game, tying it with 3:27 left in the game, with White fouling out shortly after. Finding themselves down by a single point, London forced Kitchener into a shot clock violation, giving them the ball with 20 seconds left. Freisen was fouled while making a cut to the basket, sending him to the line, tying the game at 83-83 with 11.8 left. London made another huge stop, sending the game into overtime. Both teams continued their back and forth battle into OT, as again, the game was tied with less than a minute left. with the game tied at 90, Marvin Phillips hit a huge three pointer to give the Bolts the lead. When the buzzer sounded, the final score was 95-90 for London. Doug Herring Jr. led the Bolts in scoring, rebounds and assists with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Marvin Phillips added 14 points and 8 rebounds of his own. Royce White and Julian Boyd also scored 14 points despite being limited by fouls. Flenard Whitfield and Adam Blazek each had 21 points to lead the Titans.
April 16, 2017
LIGHTNING 119 TITANS 117 @ The Aud
Neither the London Lightning nor the KW Titans could break away with a lead, but it was the Lightning who ended up on the winning side with a 119-117 win Sunday afternoon. Kyle Johnson led all scorers with 31 points on 12-for-19 shooting. Flenard Whitfield had 28 for the Titans. Both teams managed leads throughout the game, but it was a back and forth affair as the Titans and Bolts traded jabs. London’s game plan of getting the ball inside seemed to work, as did Kitchener-Waterloo’s of finding room for jump shots outside. At the end of the third quarter, Doug Herring Jr. managed to spark his team by hitting back-to-back threes, one at the buzzer, putting London up by six going into the final frame. The fourth quarter wasn’t pretty defensively as the Lightning couldn’t keep their lead. However, they managed to hold on until the final buzzer, when Isiah Umipig missed a three pointer to win the game. London also got contributions from Royce White (17 points), Doug Herring Jr. (16 points) and Bolden (15 points).
LIGHTNING 99 TITANS 91 @ Bud Gardens
The London Lightning are chasing down another record after their 99-91 win over the KW Titans Wednesday night. Marvin Phillips led the way with 16 points as the Lightning won their fifth in a row. With just three games to go, the Lightning could best their record from 2012-13, when they went 33-7. They currently sit at 31-5, tops in the league. Coach Kyle Julius said that the pace of their game was a matter of momentum not swinging their way. “The problem is that a lot of our guys get their energy from making shots. So tonight, absolutely none were going,” he said. “We outrebounded them and I feel like we won the loose ball battles in the fourth quarter. So if you’re not making shots and you win loose ball battles and you rebound, you give yourself a chance at least.”