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NBL Canada Finals Game 5: London 117 Halifax 95
June 03, 2017
Halifax Hurricanes Media
Halifax, (NS) – The Halifax Hurricanes and the London Lightning took to the court at the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia for game five of the NBL Canada Finals on Saturday night. The Lightning defeated the Hurricanes by a score of 117-95 in what has become an intense and physical seven game series. With the win, the Lightning take a 3-2 series lead.
The first quarter of the game was a relatively even affair, with the lead changing 4 times in only 12 minutes. At one point the Lightning held an 11 point lead, but Halifax eliminated that with a quick 10-0 run late in the frame. The first quarter would finish with a score of 31-27 for the Lightning. In the second quarter, the Lightning were able to settle into their game, commanding most of the quarter and outscoring the Hurricanes 29-23 taking a 60-50 lead into the half.
The Lightning’s command would continue into the third quarter, pushing the lead to as much as 19 points at one point. However Halifax would use a late quarter run to close that gap to only 11 points, going into the fourth with the Lightning leading 85-74. In the end, the Lightning proved to be too much for the Hurricanes, owning the fourth quarter by a score of 32-21.
Shooting Guard Antoine Mason led the Hurricanes with 36 points on 11-27 shooting on the night. The only other Hurricane to crack double digits was reserve guard Joey Haywood, scoring 18 points off the bench.
The Lightning are led by NBLC MVP Royce White who scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his first game back after serving a one game suspension for game four. Guard Kyle Johnson also came up big with 27 points and 7 rebounds.
The series will now shift to the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Game six will be played June 5th and 7:30pm eastern and, if required, game seven will be played the next day, June 6th at 7:00 pm.