Monday, December 30, 2019 (SUDBURY, ON) The London Lightning close out the 2010’s with a big win on the road against the Sudbury Five. London overcame another slow start to the game as well as 17 lead changes to pick up the victory. A big second quarter helped put the Lightning up heading into the halftime break before relinquishing the lead in the third. Heading into the fourth, coach Plumb made the necessary adjustments to put the Lightning back up in the fourth and withstand several Sudbury runs to hold on and get the win. With the 102-98 victory, the Lightning improve to 2-1 on the season while Sudbury falls to 0-2.
The Lightning’s defense was on full display again as they were able to hold reigning NBL Canada MVP, Bralyon Rayson and reigning Newcomer of the Year, Jaylen Bland, to just 19 total points and a combined 0-16 from beyond the arc. As a team, London was able to shut down the Five shooters and limit them to just 4-34 on shots beyond the arc while also forcing the Five into 17 turnovers on the night.
Leading the push was Mareik Isom’s 30 points off the bench. Isom recorded the first 30 point game of the season for the Bolts on an impressively efficient 13-19 shooting from the field with two three pointers and 6 rebounds on the night as well. Garrett Williamson had his best game of the season so far with a 20 point, 9 assist night while also adding 7 rebounds.
The Lightning start the new year at home on Thursday night to play the Windsor Express at the Budweiser Gardens. The Lightning have a 5-game home stand to start January. For tickets to the next home game make sure to visit the Budweiser Gardens Box Office or go to www.lightningbasketball.ca