The London Lightning will begin their National Basketball League of Canada’s Championship round against the Halifax Hurricanes starting next Sunday, the league announced today. It is the third consecutive time the two teams have met in the finals, with each team having won one.
Halifax finished the season first overall, so have home court advantage for the finals. That means the Lightning will be heading to the East Coast for the first two games of the season, as well as the last two games if necessary.
London will host games three, four and five (if necessary) at Budweiser Gardens.
Game 1: Sunday, May 6th at 1:00pm ET | Scotiabank Centre
Game 2: Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00pm ET | Scotiabank Centre
Game 3: Thursday, May 10th at 7:00pm ET | Budweiser Gardens
Game 4: Saturday, May 12th at 7:00pm ET | Budweiser Gardens
Game 5*: Monday, May 14th at 7:00pm ET | Budweiser Gardens
Game 6*: Thursday, May 17th at 6:00pm ET | Scotiabank Centre
Game 7*: Friday, May 18th at 6:00pm ET | Scotiabank Centre
(*) – if necessary
The two teams faced off twice in the regular season, with each time winning their home game. The Hurricanes dispatched of the Moncton Magic in five games in the Atlantic Division finals to reach the Championship round. The Lightning beat out the St. John’s Edge in six, but in the process lost Royce White to suspension.
The Lightning will be going for their fourth championship in the league’s seven year history, but it will be the first time with Head Coach Keith Vassell.
Tickets are on sale now at the Lightning website, or the Budweiser Gardens Box Office.