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Points Per Game
 Royce WHITE
  London L.
  Avg: 25.4
 1. White, London L.25.4 
 2. English, St.John'.23.7 
 3. Massey, Cape B.21.9 
 4. Hinkle, St.John'.20.7 
 5. Freeman, St.Jo.20.5 
 6. Mason, Halifax H.20.2 
 7. Session, Island S.20.0 
 8. Thomas, Moncton M.19.8 
 9. Story, Cape B.19.3 
 10. Hurtt, KW Titans19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derek HALL
  KW Titans
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Hall, KW Titans11.6 
 2. Session, Island S.9.4 
 3. Freeman, St.Jo.9.3 
 4. White, London L.9.2 
 5. White, Halifax H.8.3 
 6. Stutz, Windsor .8.1 
 7. Bolden, London L.7.9 
 8. Osayande, Cape B.7.8 
 9. Brown, Halifax H.7.7 
 10. Washington, Halif.7.6 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Clinkscales, Halif.7.5 
 2. Tate, Niagara RL7.4 
 3. Herring-Jr, London L.6.8 
 4. Wormely, St.Jo.6.7 
 5. Duncan, KW Titans6.1 
 6. White, London L.5.9 
 7. Jones, Windsor .5.9 
 8. Anderson, Monct.5.7 
 9. Anderson, London L.5.5 
 10. Session, Island S.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice JONES
  Windsor .
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Windsor .2.3 
 2. Massey, Cape B.1.9 
 3. Session, Island S.1.8 
 4. Mondy, Cape B.1.8 
 5. Stewart, Monct.1.7 
 6. Poole, Halifax H.1.6 
 7. Thomas, Moncton M.1.6 
 8. Stringer, Island S.1.5 
 9. Boucard, Niagara RL1.4 
 10. Anderson, London L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Muldrow, Niaga.2.1 
 2. Maxwell, Island S.2.1 
 3. Brown, Halifax H.1.7 
 4. Hall, Island S.1.5 
 5. Osayande, Cape B.1.4 
 6. Bolden, London L.1.4 
 7. White, London L.1.2 
 8. Joseph, Niagara RL1.1 
 9. Harris, Windsor .1.1 
 10. Waithe, Niagara RL1.0 

Lightning win game 4, tie final series - May 13, 2018

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It is turning into the dream series the league and its fans were hoping to see. For the second game in succession the London Lightning and Halifax Hurricanes exchanged haymakers in deciding a winner in Game 4 of the National Basketball League of Canada final. It took longer than the requisite 48 minutes for someone to remain standing; the Lightning and Hurricanes went to overtime with the Lightning coming out on top 122-114 in another thriller in front of 3,461 fans Saturday at Budweiser Gardens. The win ties the best-of-seven final 2-2 after the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the series. It was a gritty, physical hard-fought contest; neither team was taking any prisoners. The Lightning would go out to small leads and looked ready to take control. They built their biggest lead at 13 points but the Hurricanes just kept coming back at them with runs of their own. It was like trying to shake a dog's teeth from your pant leg. The Hurricanes tied the game 106-106 on a three-pointer from Ta'Quan Zimmermann with 28 seconds left in the fourth. The Lightning put the ball in the hands of Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) to go one-one-one but his driving layup just missed and the teams went overtime. In the overtime the Lightning simply made the bigger shots, hauled down a couple of key offensive rebounds and closed the Hurricanes out on the foul line. In fact, the foul line was a major story on the night. The Lightning was 34-of-42 from the line Saturday. The Hurricanes were 16-of-27. In the two-games in London the Lightning is 61-of-78 from the stripe while the Hurricanes are 34-of-51. 'We have to make an adjustment to the officiating,' said Hurricanes' coach Mike Leslie. 'It's obvious that they are giving them the calls that we would normally, all season long, not be called for . . . They are calling more fouls on us on our play than we would normally be called for in league games . . . that's close to 80 free throws in two games so we have to adjust.' The number of fouls called speaks to the effort made by both teams to get inside. There was nothing easy about the points that came in the paint as both teams went at it hard. Lightning coach Keith Vassell was blunt in his assessment of the foul-count situation. 'I think we get fouled more than anybody else. I don't have any pity for anybody if they are going to complain about fouls,' Vassell said. 'No disrespect to them; they played a wonderful game but I just think it is what it is. Next game is a new game and we have to deal with it . . . If (Halifax) want to stay focused on that I have no comment about it.' Maurice Bolden (6'10''-G/F-89, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up for the Lightning and gave them what was desperately needed, some consistent outside shooting. He led them with 38 points and 11 rebounds. Julian Boyd (6'7''-F-90, college: LIU Brooklyn) is flourishing with the floor time he is getting. He hit for 24 points and 14 rebounds. Williamson had 23 points 13 assists and nine rebounds, one rebound short of a triple-double. The Lightning gave Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) too much room on the night and he hurt them. He hit for 36 points and added 10 rebounds. Tyrone Watson (6'5''-F-90, college: N.Mexico St.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds with Zimmerman adding 14. 'It's the playoffs; two championship teams in it; it's going to be a battle, going to be a war every single game,' Bolden said. 'It's a game of runs. While we're making our run, they're trying to figure things out; when they are making their runs, we're trying to figure things out. In those moments players get more focused; they don't want to go down 20 points especially in the finals. It's tough to get out of that hole. Both teams are going to scrap and come back.' Bolden says when he's confident his game is complete. 'I can do everything; it's just me having my mind made up,' Bolden said. 'Coach said I just have to be more assertive. Last game I felt like a let my team down . . . today I just said if I'm going to help my team, I got to do what I can do.' It has truly turned into a battle between two veteran-rich teams. 'Right now it's just a battle of attrition and battle of match-ups,' Leslie said. 'Sometimes you are winning some of those and sometimes you aren't winning some of those. Right now, we've got to make some adjustments. They've made them and we tried to make them but we're going to have to make a few more.' The Lightning played without Ashton Smith and Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) and went through a scary moment with eight seconds left in overtime when Marcus Capers was fighting for a rebound and hit the floor. He was carried off the floor strapped to a stretcher board. As he lay on the floor both teams and coaches circled centre court with arms over their shoulders in a show of solidarity. Capers has suffered from a back injury. He was moving his extremities after the game. 'It was sad to see Marcus go down the way he did,' Bolden said. 'Respect for the league and the teams that come together like that. It's bigger than just basketball. We're trying to make a living for ourselves but at the end of the day we don't want to see anybody injured.' Capers tweeted after the game 'I'm good y'all.' Game 5 will be played Monday in London at 7 p.m.
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The London Lightning repeated as NBL Canada champions with a 109-101 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Friday night. In a game that stayed tight throughout, Lightning forward Kirk Williams (6'7''-PF-81, college: Bridgeport) Jr. hit a three-point shot with 2:41 to go in the fourth quarter to turn a one-point London lead into a four-point London lead and the Lightning held from there as a combination of Garrett Williamson (6'5''-G-88, college: St.Joseph'...   [read more]

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Lightning a win away from second straight title - 9 days ago
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