Lightning strikes Highlanders
London’s Anderson has record-setting game in win over Cape Breton
The Cape Breton Highlanders ran into a hot shooting London Lightning team led by a record-setting performance from Ryan Anderson in a 13394 setback on Sunday at Centre 200.
Anderson set a National Basketball League of Canada record with 13 three-pointers in the contest, and also set a record for three-point attempts with 27. He led all scorers with 45 points.
London’s 13th win in a row set a new league record, while Royce White also set a new benchmark with his fourth triple double: 15 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.
Cape Breton’s loss was their fourth straight, as they fall to 6-13. They’re fourth in the Atlantic Division.
“London’s a great team with a lot of great individual players and they’re well coached,” said Highlanders head coach Ben Resner. “They made a lot of shots and they played well.”
Anthony Criswell netted 19, Marvin Singleton scored 17 and Marvin Phillips added 16 for the visitors, who sit atop the Central Division standings at 17-3. London was in the driver’s set at the half, up 69-44, and seemed to hit shots
Booker Woodfox paced the Cape Breton offence with 22 points. Shaquille Keith followed with 17 and Deron Scott fired 15 points and added 11 boards. Anthony Walker chipped in 14 as well in the loss. “We knew coming into this game that they were going to knock down shots,” said Woodfox, who shot 9-for-17 from the floor. “The key was to limit them and that didn’t happen. “When guys start getting hot, it’s kind of hard to guard. I’ve been on both ends of that.”
Saturday at Centre 200, the Highlanders fell 111-105 to the Kitchener Waterloo Titans. Keith led Cape Breton with 25 points, followed by Chad Frazier with 21 and Woodfox with 18. Lufile scored 17 to go with 11 rebounds.
Ricky Tarrant was tops for the Titans with a game-high 32. Adam Blazek followed with 24.
Cape Breton will look to get back in the win column this coming Sunday when they host the division-leading Halifax Hurricanes. Tipoff is at a 2 p.m.
NOTES: Cape Breton had four players out of the lineup: Hank Thorns (knee), Austin Witter (ankle), Mike Luby (groin) and Mike Rostampour (undisclosed).
Tyrrel Edwards of the Cape Breton Highlanders scores above teammate Deron Scott during National Basketball League of Canada play Sunday at Centre 200. Cape Breton lost to the visiting London Lightning, 133-94.