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Lightning Destroy the Oshawa Power
October 23, 2011

For Immediate Release           

(London, Ontario) The London Lightning put forth a strong all-round effort, defeating the Oshawa Power 111 – 83, in its pre-season home debut at the John Labatt Centre Sun- day afternoon.

The Lightning put forth a solid defensive effort in the first half, holding the Power to 19% shooting from the floor and only 24 points on the scoreboard. On the offensive front, the Lightning held a hot hand from the field and the foul line, shooting 55% from the field and 78% from the charity stripe, while taking a 57-24 lead into the half.

The Power started the second half with a solid third quarter, but the hot hand of Taylor King of the Lightning kept them in the game. King, who played NCAA college basketball with Duke and Villanova, led the Lightning with 29 points and 7 rebounds, shooting 8-16 from beyond the arc.

Starters Tim Ellis and Shawn Daniels chipped in 17 and 13 points respectively, in limited minutes because of the generous first half lead they gave the team. Oshawa got 31 points from Brandon Robinson and 15 from Tut Rauch in a losing effort.

The Lightning opened the game with a 23-3 run over the first 7 minutes of the first quarter, creating numerous Power turnovers, with tenacious defense pro- vided by guards Brandon Dean and Eddie Smith. Daniels and Ellis dictated the play in early going and allowed the bench players to get a lot of minutes in the first professional NBL basketball game played in London.

The Lightning’s first regular season game is scheduled for Thursday November 3rd at the John Labatt Centre. Game time is 7:00 PM. Tickets are available from the John Labatt Centre box office and from the team’s website at www.lightningbasketball.ca.

Come GET STRUCK!

Tickets are now available at The John Labatt Centre box office 1-866-455-2849, www.johnlabattcentre.com or www.lightningbasketball.ca .

The London Lightning are part of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Founded in 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada is the country's only professional basketball league. NBL Canada is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian athletes and raising the excitement and awareness for basketball throughout the country. Seven teams will play in the inaugural 2011-2012 season and the league is poised for continued expansion across Canada. NBL Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ont.

For more information on the league, please visit www.nblcanada.ca. 

Media Contact: Wanda Schneller

Corporate Media Relations, London Lightning

Phone: 1.519.871.2392

E-mail: wanda@lightningbasketball.ca

London Lightning Official Roster Announced
October 21, 2011

LONDON LIGHTNING OFFICIAL ROSTER ANNOUNCED

The London Lightning announced their official team roster at the John Labatt Centre on Friday, October 21st. “We have assembled the best team I have ever coached”, announced coach Michael Ray Richardson, a four time NBA All-Star. “All 12 players will get game action as we have a very deep bench”.

 

Taylor King was a surprise addition to the team. “We expected him to be playing in the top division in Italy”, said General Manager Taylor Brown. “We are really excited to have King onboard and we are looking forward to introducing our full line up to London fans”.

 

London Lightning is gearing up for an exciting inaugural season that tips off at The John Labatt Centre on Thursday, November 3rd against Hailfax Rainmen with a pre-season game this Sunday, October 23rd at 2pm against rivals Oshawa Power.

 

The Official 2011/2012 London Lightning Roster

Brandon Dean – Guard – 6’2” (University of Arkansas)

Eddie Smith – Shooting Guard – 6’1” (Texas A&M University)

DeAnthony Bowden – Guard – 6’0” (Creighton University)

Nick Lother – Guard – 5’10” (University of Winnipeg)

Albert White – Small Forward – 6’6” (University of Michigan/University of Missouri)

Tim Ellis – Small Forward – 6’5” (Kansas State University)

Tyrone Levett – Power Forward – 6’6” (Alabama State University)

Gabe Freeman – Power Forward – 6’6” (Costa Mesa Junior College)

Pat Sewell – Small Forward – 6’5” (Fanshawe College/University of Toronto)

Taylor King – Small Forward – 6’8” (Duke University/Villanova University)

Jamaal Davis – Centre – 6’10” (University of Kansas/Cincinnati)

Shawn Daniels – Centre – 6’8” (Utah State University)

 

Come GET STRUCK! Tickets are now available at The John Labatt Centre box office 1-866-455-2849, www.johnlabattcentre.com or www.lightningbasketball.ca .

 

The London Lightning are part of the National Basketball League of Canada.

 

Founded in 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada is the country's only professional basketball league. NBL Canada is committed to de-veloping the next generation of Canadian athletes and raising the excitement and awareness for basketball throughout the country. Seven teams will play in the inaugural 2011-2012 season and the league is poised for continued expansion across Canada. NBL Canada is headquartered in To-ronto, Ont.

For more information on the league, please visit www.nblcanada.ca or www.lnbcanada.ca

Media Contact:

Wanda Schneller

Corporate Media Relations, London Lightning

Phone: 1.519.871.2392

E-mail: wanda@lightningbasketball.ca

Lightning Play Ontario Rival in Pre Season Game
October 18, 2011

LIGHTNING PLAY ONTARIO RIVAL IN PRESEASON GAME

London’s own professional basketball team, The London Lightning, makes its inaugural National Basketball League of Canada debut, hitting their home court at The John Labatt Centre in a pre-season game Sunday, October, 23rd at 2pm!  Playing the Oshawa Power, their Ontario rival from down the 401, The London Lightning are looking to dominate the court and the scoreboard led by legendary coach Michael Ray Richardson, a four time NBA All-Star. The Lightning games will provide an exciting and affordable alternative to the usual family-friendly entertainment.  Games will be an action packed experience and provide basketball fans and sports enthusiasts an opportunity to watch a game they love!  

 

The regular season begins on Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm when The London Lightning plans to strike down the Halifax Rainmen.  Tickets are now available at The John Labatt Centre box office 1-866-455-2849, www.johnlabattcentre.com, or www.lightningbasketball.ca .  Come “get struck” with The London Lightning and help cheer on London’s new hometown team to victory!

 

The London Lightning are part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Saint John Mill Rats, Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm and Oshawa Power.  Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.

London Lightning tickets are now on sale at the John Labatt Centre box office 519-432-8894 or their website www.johnlabattcentre.com.

For more information on the London Lightning visit www.lightningbasketball.ca or email info@lightningbasketball.ca.   

 

 

2011-2012 London Lightning Season Presented By:

The London Lightning are part of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Founded in 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada is the country's only professional basketball league. NBL Canada is committed to developing the next generation of Canadian athletes and raising the excitement and awareness for basketball throughout the country. Seven teams will play in the inaugural 2011-2012 season and the league is poised for continued expansion across Canada. NBL Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ont.

For more information on the league, please visit www.nblcanada.ca or www.lnbcanada.ca 

 

Media Contact:

Jackie Cormier             

Media Relations, Marketing Manager, London Lightning

Phone: 1.519.280.6514

E-mail: jackie@lightningbasketball.ca