The London Lightning wore purple in Friday’s (Nov. 15) game, but they beat the Windsor Express black and blue in a 108-84 win at Budweiser Gardens.
The Lightning’s biggest asset Friday was capitalizing on the Express’ mistakes by getting 27 points on turnovers, while Windsor only managed six points the other way.
Previously London’s best this year was giving up 14 points on turnovers when they last played Windsor in a season opening road loss.
The Lightning made their biggest impact by outscoring the Express 24-14 in the second quarter to go up 51-36 at halftime.
While it was Raheem Singleton, Garrett Williamson, Tim Ellis, Marvin Phillips and Elvin Mims as the team’s starters, the Lightning saw a huge outpouring from their six-man bench picking up 60 points.
Williamson led the way for the Lightning with 21 points, but four other players finished in double digits — Gabe Freeman (16), Jason Forte (13), Mims (10) and Antwi Atuahene (10).
Williamson has now hit the 20-plus point mark in three of four games.
Headed into the game London was dead last in field goal percentage at 40.5, but on Friday they hit their shots 46.2 percent of the time.
In the last two games the Lightning took 25 shots each from three-point land and were only 28 percent combined over that time, but in their latest win they only took 16 deep shots and only made four of them.
Forte, who made his first National Basketball League of Canada appearance, had a game-high 12 rebounds. No one else in the game collected a double-digit amount of boards.
The Lightning wore custom purple jerseys in the game because of the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign for the London Abused Women’s Centre.
The win is a nice start to a long weekend. The Lightning will travel to Brampton to take on the expansion team A’s on Saturday (Nov. 16) on the road before coming back home Sunday (Nov. 17) to avenge their loss to the Mississauga Power.