SAINT JOHN, NB – The Saint John Riptide tangled for the first time this season with the powerhouse that is the London Lightning tonight. Down to eight players on his roster, Rob Spon called upon Grand Bay, NB native Mike Anderson to suit up for tonight’s game.
London took the lead early on and would keep the lead wire-to-wire. The Riptide did all they could to stay in the game in the first quarter but trailed by nine at the break, 28-19. In the second quarter it was more of the same story with Saint John trying to use their three-point shooting to claw back. However, this Lightning team continued to hold the advantage and would extend their lead by three at halftime, 59-47.
In the third quarter the Lightning would again add to their lead. It is worth noting that the Lightning themselves also only had nine players suited up tonight, but the difference was that Saint John was missing three of their key players. London, however, had all of their starters available. In any case, the Riptide weren’t about to back down and they battled all night.
Despite their best efforts, London combined to outscore them 57-49 in the final two frames to run away with a 20-point victory, 116-96. Royce White paced the Lightning offence with 26 points and eight rebounds.
For the Riptide, Haakim Johnson lead the way with 31 points and 14 rebounds while Jabs Newby and Olu Famutimi each had 15 points. Anthony Anderson also grabbed 13 points.