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London Lightning Gabe Freeman: NBL Canada MVP?

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It was the most enthralling and exciting game of the year for the London Lightning.

And it was the perfect night to play it.

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It was the most enthralling and exciting game of the year for the London Lightning.

The Lightning and Halifax Rainmen, the No. 1 and No. 2 team in the National Basketball League of Canada, squared off Saturday in front of 2,882 at the John Labatt Centre.

It took a massive effort from the Lightning, who came back from 17 points down, to defeat the Rainmen 97-87.

By the end of it, the crowd was roaring, every Lightning player on the floor was urging more noise, coach Micheal Ray Richardson was stretching his styling brown suit to the max with fist pumps and Gabe Freeman was standing on the scorers table waving his arms igniting the crowd to greater noise.

They responded by chanting “MVP, MVP, MVP.”

Why not?

It was his second big game in a row, finishing with 29 points, 22 rebounds, three blocks and four steals. He played all 48 minutes.

Taylor King, Lightning forward, came by the score table and checked out the stats.

“Gabe, 29, 22, oh my god,” he said.

It was an Oh My God moment.201220

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Carl English amazing 58-point effort sets NBL Canada scoring record

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Carl English Amazing 58 Point Effort Sets Nbl Canada Scoring Record

The return of long time fan favorite Carl English to Canada was definitely a moment not to be slept on.

English whose story is well chronicled has had an outstanding 15-year professional career across the top international leagues. A veteran member of Canada Senior Men’s National Team he decided to bring it full circle and concluded his storied career in his hometown province of St. Johns, Newfoundland.

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When news broke that he was returning home it also meant that those same East Coast supporters who grew-up watching a young skinny grade ten kid  would also get another opportunity to watch him once again showcase his game. English went from dropping 50-point games in high school to becoming only the third player from Newfoundland to play division one NCAA basketball.

On Saturday night, against the visiting Kitchen Waterloo Titans and with March Madness in full swing, the now 37 year-old English, delighted the fans once more with an incredible 58-point career-high performance to set the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) scoring record. English connected on 17-of-33 shots, 13/14 free-throws and nailed an incredible 11-of-20 three-point attempts in 127-117 win at Mile One Centre.

The previous record was held by Moncton’s Devin Sweetney in 2013 against the defunct Montreal Jazz.

English currently leads the NBLC in scoring in scoring at 25 points per game, shooting 44% from the floor and 38.5 from the outside, he also averages 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and has the St. John Edge eyeing a deep playoff run and potential championship.

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River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record

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River Lions Springer-Williams Jr. buries 10-of-12 triples, one shy of NBL Canada record

Niagara River Lions guard Clinton Springer-Williams Jr. buried a career-best 10-of 12 triples on his  way to a 38-point night in a 108-93 win over the Windsor Express. Springer-Williams Jr. impressive performance came-up just short of Omar’ Strong’s NBL Canada record eleven three-pointers.

Springer-Williams Jr. shot 10-of-15 from the field, including for 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, he’s averaging 10.7 points per game and a scorching hot 46% from downtown for the up-start River Lions.

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