February 4, 2017 (LONDON, Ontario) – Kyle Johnson set a franchise record for points in a game and the London Lightning stormed past the Moncton Miracles 146-102 at Budweiser Gardens.
Johnson’s 51 points were the most by a member of the Lightning since Eddie Smith had 40. Johnson’s effort was four points away from Devin Sweetney’s NBLC record of 55.
“We talk about it all the time in practice if we get cooking on all cylinders with our offense, we’re going to score 145 points. We’ve actually used that kind of language and that kind of outlook, we’ve used it many times in our scouting reports,” said Julius.
The whole team was clicking with six players scoring in double digits (Johnson-51, Boyd-19, Cadougan-11, Anderson-16, Herring Jr.-14 and Criswell-10). London’s shooting percentage was a baffling 61.4 per cent (51-of-83) and 53 per cent from three point range (18-of-34).
London has now won seven in a row and own a 12-3 record.
Johnson said tonight’s game was the first time hitting the 50-point plateau.
“I was just staying aggressive and taking advantage of the moment. I just felt it going today. Coach told me at the beginning to relax and just play free. My first couple of shots went in and it was just one of those nights.”
The Lightning will be back in action on Tuesday in St. Catharines when they visit the Niagara River Lions for the first of two back-to-back meetings. Tip-off has been set for 7 p.m.
Courtesy London Lightning
Photo courtesy Stu Switzer