London Lightning

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London Lightning
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Founded 2011
League National Basketball League of Canada
Division Central Division
Team history London Lightning
2011-present
Arena Budweiser Gardens
Based in London, Ontario
Colors Yellow, black, white
              
Owner(s) Vito Frijia
Head coach Micheal Ray Richardson
Championships 2
(2011, 2012)
Dancers Lightning Dance Pack
Mascot Flash & Lil' Flash
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Website LightningBasketball.ca

The London Lightning is a Canadian professional basketball team based in London, Ontario, Canada. The team was a charter member of the National Basketball League of Canada which began play with the 2011-12 season (of which they are the inaugural and defending champions). The Lightning plays its home games at the Budweiser Gardens.

History[edit]

The Lightning name was announced on August 12, 2011. [1] On August 17, former Albany Patroons and Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry head coach Michael Ray Richardson was announced as the Lightning's first head coach. [2] The Lightning would go on to win the 2012 NBL championship, defeating the Halifax Rainmen 116-92 on March 25, 2012 at the John Labatt Centre to take the best-of-five championship series three games to two.[3]

Home arenas[edit]

Budweiser Gardens (2011-present)[edit]

Originally opened in 2002, the Budweiser Gardens is a sports-entertainment centre, in London, Ontario, Canada. The arena has a capacity of 9,000. The Lightning shares the arena with London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.[4]

Current roster[edit]

London Lightning roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
F 1 United States Bolden, Maurice 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
G 3 United States Mency, Darin 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
F 4 United States Mims, Elvin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 215 lb (98 kg)
G 5 United States Bennett, Tony 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 175 lb (79 kg)
F/C 10 United States McCombs, Dwight 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 242 lb (110 kg)
G 13 United States McDowell, Stephen 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 180 lb (82 kg)
G 15 Canada Williamson, Garrett 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 205 lb (93 kg)
G 20 Canada Mutombo, Harouna 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 200 lb (91 kg)
G 22 United States Johnson, Zane 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 209 lb (95 kg)
F 23 United States Ellis, Tim 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 196 lb (89 kg)
F 33 Canada Surmacz, Greg 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 251 lb (114 kg)
F 44 United States Johnson, Jermaine 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 248 lb (112 kg)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: February 5, 2014

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Coach Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
2011-12 Michael Ray Richardson 28 8 .778 1st 5 2 .714 League Champions
2012-13 Michael Ray Richardson 33 7 .825 1st 6 2 .750 League Champions
Totals 61 15 .803 2 Regular Season Pennants 11 4 .733 2 League Championship

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