Oshawa Power Dig Deep For victory Over London Lightning
LONDON, ON–The Oshawa Power went into London with only one thing on their mind and that was winning, defeating the Lightning 99-93 at the John Labatt Centre.
The Power were paced by their top-scoring duo of Akeem Wright and Brandon Robinson, who scored 25 points and 20 points respectively.
But it was the spark off the bench in the third quarter by newly acquired guard Jerome Brown and the shot blocking and altering presence of Centre’s David Collins and Paul Campbell that was the difference for the visitors.
Brown scored 7 points and drained all five free-throw attempts in just over ten minutes of play.”The key tonight was heart.
We played together on the road in a hostile environment,” said Robinson, the team’s second leading scorer.
“We executed and played our roles. Jerome stepped up big tonight and did his part and was excellent.
“Tut Ruach was solid from beyond the arc for the Power, nailing 3-of-4 three pointers while scoring 16 points to go with three assists and three rebounds.
All four Canadians on the Power roster left it all on the court in the much-needed win.
“David and Paul did a great job as well. Blocking shots and playing big. Great team win tonight,” added a relieved and elated Robinson.
The Power also helped their cause by shooting 81% from the charity stripe in the game.
Up next for the Oshawa Power (6-7) is a Sunday afternoon tilt at 2 p.m. against the Lightning (10-3) in the last of a three game series between the teams.
The Lightning were led by Gabe Freeman who scored 22 points and hauled down 18 rebounds in a losing cause. Former NBA player Rodney Buford and Tim Ellis both notched 13 points for the home squad.