The London Lightning fell to the Halifax Hurricanes 119-106 in the first game of the National Basketball League finals. This is the third consecutive time that the two teams have met in the finals, but it was the first time that the Hurricanes had come away with 1-0 series lead.
The Lightning fell behind early, and could never quite claw their way all the way back. Billy White and Tyrone Watson both had lofty 29 point games, to lead the way for the Hurricanes. Add Antoine Mason’s 26 points, and 83 of the Hurricanes’ 119 points came from three guys.
Doug Herring Jr. was the Lightning’s top scorer with 26, while Julian Boyd and Ryan Anderson both had 17 points each.
Last year, the Lightning won the series opener and cruised to a six-game series victory over Halifax in front of the home town crowd. London will have to win four in a row if they want to celebrate another finals at Budweiser Gardens, as games three, four and five are in London before heading back to Halifax for games six and seven if necessary.
Game Two of the best-of-seven series will take place tomorrow in Halifaxat 6 p.m. Eastern.