Kyle Julius leads London to Finals during first year on the bench
The London Lightning took home a 107-88 win against the defending champions Windsor Express, taking the series in 6 games and advancing to the NBL Canada Finals.
Head Coach Kyle Julius, who also works as NPH’s Lead Showcase Instructor, led the Lightning to the Finals during his first year on the bench. This was Julius before the Game 6 win
“I’m really happy for the guys, they’ve worked very, very hard to get to this point. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs with a lot of challenges,” Julius told nblcanada.com. “Every last guy contributed to this win and I think this is special for the organization because there’s so many people invested in this team. To be able to take a trip to the finals together, playing some of our best basketball of the year is exciting.”
Akeem Scott led Lightning with 25 points, while Akeem Wright added 21 points, seven assists and eight rebounds.
Warren Ward, the NLBC’s Top Canadian and NPH Showcase Instructor, has averaged 12.5 points per game for the Lightning this season, and dropped 22 points in a Game 5 win over the Express.
London will take on the Halifax Hurricanes in the NBLC Finals. The Hurricanes, led by Kyle Hunt’s 23 points and 8 rebounds, knocked off the Saint John Mill Rats 109-80 to sweep the Atlantic Conference Finals and advance to the Championship series. The best-of-seven series will be a 2-3-2 format, with the first and last two games being played in Halifax.