December 9, 2018 9:46 pm

Big second half leads KW Titans to victory over the London Lightning

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After winning two of three in Atlantic Canada, the London Lightning have dropped two of three since returning home.

London edged Windsor 99-98 at Budweiser Gardens on Thursday night thanks to 28 points from Maurice Bolden, but fell in both ends of back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.

The Saint John Riptide knocked off the Lightning 111-87 on Saturday and then came up on the short end of a 123-87 loss to the KW Titans on Sunday afternoon.

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Joel Friesen scored 31 points off the bench for the Titans, who broke things open in a second half that saw KW outscore London 80-52.

The Titans shot a red-hot 48. per cent from the field. London was a little lower at 40.5 per cent.

KW also won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Lightning 50-53.

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Marvin Phillips led London with 23 points. Garrett Williamson scored 20.

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The Lightning now sit at 4-4 in what has become a tight Central Division in the NBL of Canada. London sits in second place in behind the 5-2 Sudbury Five. The Titans’ victory over London improved their record to 3-3.

Moncton is the last remaining unbeaten team in the league at 8-0 and sit atop the Atlantic Division.

The Lightning will be in Sudbury on December 15 for their second game against the expansion Five. Sudbury beat London 112-107 on November 25.

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London’s next home game will be December 20 at 7:00 against the Halifax Hurricanes. Halifax and the Lightning have played in the last three league championship series. Currently the Hurricanes sit second in the Atlantic with a record if 4-3.

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