Royce White of the London Lightning (Photo courtesy of London Lightning/NBLC)

Lightning Beat Halifax in Game 5 117-95

The London Lightning got a critical win on the road to an NBL Canada title.

Royce White had a double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Lightning’s 117-95 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5 of the NBLC Finals Saturday in Halifax. London takes a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals series. The Lightning can win their first league championship in four years Monday night at Budweiser Gardens.

The first quarter was relatively close with the Lightning holding a slight advantage, though London would increase their lead and hold a 60-50 lead at halftime. The third quarter was also a close one but London pulled away for good in the fourth, outscoring Halifax 32-21 in the final 12 minutes of play.

White shot seven-for-nine in free throws and also had a team-leading seven assists in Game 5.

Kyle Johnson added 27 points for the Lightning, including six-for-nine in three-point shooting. Garrett Williamson chipped in 16 points and six boards.

Antoine Mason had a strong game for the Hurricanes, leading all scorers with 36 points, including ten-for-15 from the charity stripe. Joey Haywood shot for 18 points with a perfect six shots attempted in free throws. Anthony Cox led Halifax in rebounds with 13 while sinking six points.

The potential series clincher is Monday night in London.  Tipoff at Budweiser Gardens is scheduled for 7:30pm.