It was one of those storms that forecasters talk about being on the horizon but fail to materialize when the time comes.
That was the case on Saturday night (Nov. 15) at Bud Gardens when last season’s eastern powerhouse, the Island Storm blew into the Forest City for a game with the London Lightning.
Hooking up with Storm for the first time this season, London wasted little time in taking control of the game early, starting with two-points on a jump shot by Al Stewart and never looking back from there.
With London leading 51-48 at the half, the Storm showed some promise, taking a brief third quarter lead but were unable to sustain the pressure with the Lightning bouncing back to prevail, 111-96.
Once again it was the hot hand of Zane Johnson leading the way for London, going into the double-digits with 23 points including a half-a-dozen successful tries from three-point territory.
Marvin Phillips was his ever-present self under the basket, hauling in 15 rebounds while adding 22 points of his own to the Lightning tally.
Making his return to the Bolts roster after a year in PEI with the Storm, Adrian Moss looked a little rusty early in the contest but seemed to find some of his old stride during the second half, contributing with eight-points for his 15-minutes on the floor.
The win moves London into first place in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) Central Division standings with a record 4-1.
Mississauga and Windsor both sit ½ game back with identical 3-1 records while the Brampton A’s continue to languish at the bottom of the pile, having yet to win a game this year in five tries.