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Game Recap: Orangeville A's vs. London Lightning - 01.23.2016

Released: January 23, 2016
By: London Lightning Media

Nick Okorie hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to extend the Lightning's win streak to six games.

In the last two games, the London Lightning have had a flair for the dramatics to keep their streak alive.

Tonight though, may have eclipsed last night’s dunks, alley-oops, and overall outstanding play.

Nick Okorie hit a buzzer beating three pointer to get the 87-86 win for the Lightning, and push their win streak to six games.

The game was another emotional one, in particular on the court. Players exchanged words a few times, and the tension was palpable as the game heated up throughout.

In the first, it was Chad Posthumus who was able to back down A’s big man Justin Moss to get the Lightning started. Tyshawn Patterson’s two late three-pointers helped bring up the Lightning’s average from three point range (3 of 9).

In the second though the team couldn’t buy a basket. The A’s started playing tougher defence, and went on a 10-4 roll cutting the lead to two. By halftime, the A’s led by one.

Overall, the team was having a difficult time shooting from the floor. The Lightning shot just 34 percent from the field to the A’s 41 percent.

In the third, the A’s opened up a nine-point lead. Akeem Wright provided some spark, pouring in eight of his 15 points. That was capped off by a Marcus Capers steal and feed to Wright for a big three that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, Tyshawn Patterson found his confidence and dropped 11 straight points as the team took the lead once again.

However, the A’s kept pace. With less than two minutes to go, the game was tied 84-84.

It would stay that way until A’s guard Lewis Jackson hit a jumper with less than three seconds on the clock. It looked like a grim end to the Lightning’s streak.

A timeout by coach Kyle Julius allowed the Bolts to draw up a final play.

Okorie was on the receiving end of an inbound pass, and let it fly from outside three point range.

The ball swooshed. The crowd went wild. Nick Okorie was buried in a crowd of his own teammates. The streak is alive.

Okorie ended the game with 23 points, hitting 4 of 9 from beyond three point range.

Patterson matched that point total as well.

What’s lost in the fanfare, Stephen Maxwell etched his name into the Lightning history books. Maxwell tied a record for most rebounds in one game with 22 boards. The record was previously solely owned by Gabe Freeman in the league’s inaugural season.

The Lightning now get a well-deserved break. Their next game isn’t until Friday, Jan. 29 when they head to Niagara to take on the River Lions. Their next home game is Saturday, Jan. 30 where they’ll get their first taste of the Atlantic Division when they face the Moncton Miracles.



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