AJ Gaines Jr. of the London Lightning in action against the St. Johns Edge at Mile One Centre, January 20, 2019. Photo courtesy London Lightning/Twitter.

Lightning strike Edge 119-113 in overtime

The London Lightning fought back to get a split in Newfoundland and Labrador Sunday afternoon.

The Lightning overcame a fourth-quarter deficit, forced overtime, and beat the St. John’s Edge 119-113 at the Mile One Centre. They split the weekend set in the Maritimes and concluded a successful three-game road trip.

St. John’s had been in control of the first half of the game, widening its second-quarter lead to 54-42 at halftime. London began to climb back into it by outscoring the Edge 34-26 in the third quarter. They were down late in the fourth before they went on a scoring tear, tied it at the end of regulation at 103-103, then took the overtime period 16-10.

All of London’s starting players scored in double digits, with Garrett Williamson leading with 26 points, including ten out of 12 free throws. Jaylen Babb-Harrison scored 25 points off the bench. Xavier Moon and Marvin Phillips each sank 13, with Phillips leading defensively with nine rebounds.

Junior Cadougan led the Edge with 27 points. Carl English added 20 points off the bench and Maurice Jones Sr. put in 18. Obinna Oleka led in defence for St. John’s for the second game in a row, with nine boards.

The Lightning are off until Saturday, when they host the Island Storm at Budweiser Gardens.