London Lightning: Another game, another resounding victory

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Amir Williams has come of age in his home country.

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Detroit’s London Lightning center exploded for 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Bolts’ third straight win, 112-94 over the Lansing Pharaohs on Saturday at Don Johnson Fieldhouse in Michigan.

London (14-2) swept the home-and-away series with the club in the Basketball League and built a five-game lead over KW in the National Basketball League of Canada standings. The Titans lost 12 points at home to Sudbury.

Both leagues are playing interleague games this season as part of their post-COVID restart plans.

The Lightning trailed by a bucket at halftime, but dominated the stretch for the 18-point cushion. After losing their only two games of the season, the Bolts bounced back with three straight wins – including a 30-point win over Flint United, who they next face, and 25 over KW last Wednesday at Budweiser Gardens.

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BEST DOGS: Williams went 15 of 21 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line in 34 minutes on the job. He missed two three-point shots. Guard Chris Jones added 26 points and also grabbed 10 boards. Ja’Myrin Jackson led Lansing with 30 points on 11-of-17 shooting.

TURNING: London edged Lansing by 20 points in the second half, taking over with a 34-23 third-quarter push. The Lightning improved to 4-1 against American opponents and are now 4-2 clear of Budweiser Gardens.

SWEET-O STAT OF THE NIGHT: 30. It was the points gap in the paint between the two teams, accentuated by Williams’ monster performance. London outscored Lansing 64-34 in a tight game and they needed that edge. The visitors knocked down just 7 of 32 three-point tries. Lansing was 13 for 37 from downtown.

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PINE: Former pharaoh Lance Adams faced his former team in his second game since signing with the Lightning. The long-range gunner was 3 of 6 from beyond the arc on familiar field goals and finished with 12 points in 29 minutes. The Bolts lacked their usual array of reserves with Cameron Forte placed on the injured reserve list with a knee problem and Marcus Ottey sitting out through illness. Jermaine Haley did not play again due to a groin injury.

NEXT : The Bolts complete their TBL road trip against Flint United on Sunday (kick-off 3 p.m.). Carlton Brundidge, who led Flint with 16 points in the loss in London last week, is now adjusting to Lansing. He scored six points in almost 24 minutes with the Pharaohs on Saturday.

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