The SkyHawks and Lightning split their previous two meetings, each team denying the home team a win. The fans that braved the icy roads to attend today’s matinee were hoping the SkyHawks would break that trend and give their fans a pre-Christmas win to end their two-game losing streak.
London’s Tim Ellis would open the scoring for the Lightning, and despite giving up the lead a few times in the first quarter, Marvin Phillips would drain a three toregain the lead for London with nine minutes remaining in the first quarter, and they would hold on from that point forward, taking the win 98-90 over the SkyHawks.
For the second straight meeting, the Lightning held Ryan Anderson, The SkyHawks leading scorer, averaging 19.8 points per game, to 8 points. Anderson struggled against the London defence, managing only 3 of 15 field goal attempts and keeping Ryan off the free throw line the entire game. The whole team struggled with shooting, with a .311 FG percentage in the first half, and .330 in the game.
While the SkyHawks struggled with their shooting against the London defence, the Lightning were hard to contain, shooting a .402 field goal percentage in the game, lead by Garrett Williamson 21 points and 4 rebounds on 6 of 10 shooting. Tony Bennett contributed 15 points with Marvin Phillips adding 13 points and 16 rebounds.
While he only managed 4 of 19 shooting in the game Jerice Crouch lead the team with 17 points, making 8 of 9 free throws with 14 points in the second half. Tirrell Baines added 15 points and 10 rebounds, scoring 9 of his points in the first half.
Despite playing limited minutes in most games this season, Ottawa native Eric Kibi had his best game of the season contributing 15 points shooting 6 of 13, adding 6 offensive rebounds and 4 assists in almost 25 minutes of play.
With their third consecutive loss, the SkyHawks are in their longest losing streak of their young franchise’s history. Ottawa will look to end that streak when they visit the Windsor Express on December 27th, a team they have yet to solve this season.
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.
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.
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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