LONDON, ON — The Halifax Hurricanes eked out a close on in London against the defending National Basketball League of Canada champions, the Lightning.
Late free-throws and disciplined defence helped the Hurricanes to the 107-102 win on Thursday evening at Budweiser Gardens.
After a slow-paced first half, things picked up in second, where the Hurricanes scored 29 and 34 in the third and fourth frames.
With almost 60 rebounds and 52 points in the paint, the Hurricanes were able to out-muscle the Lightning under the basket.
Gabe Freeman was dominant on Thursday, netting 26 points off 52 per cent shooting, including a trifecta of made three-pointers. Freeman also grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked a shot and made off with three steals on the night, including one late in the fourth to help seal the Hurricanes victory.
Jordan Washington continued to dazzle of the bench, scoring 19 points and grabbing five boards in just 20 minutes of floor time.
The Hurricanes will enjoy a week-long Christmas break before heading to Saint John, N.B. on Thursday, Dec. 27 to face the Riptide for the third time this season. The game will get underway at 7 p.m. AST at Harbour Station.
Then finally, after six games on the road, the Hurricanes will return home to Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. to host the Cape Breton Highlanders for Noise Night where the first 1,000 fans will a free noisemaker.
Then on Sunday, Dec. 30, they will host the St. John's Edge at 2 p.m. for Family Fun Zone, which opens at 1 p.m. At halftime, the Hurricanes will feature a Paper Airplane Toss for a chance to win $500 cash. The Hurricanes will face some new competition that afternoon with the St. John's Edge, who recently signed former NBA Champion for the Boston Celtics, Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
Ticket for both of those games can be purchased at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or Online.
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