ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland Rogues suffered their first loss of the young TBL season on Wednesday, falling 115-101 to the London Lightning.
Armani Chaney had another great performance for the home team, contributing 28 points and 5 assists. Brandon Johnson had his strongest game so far, playing relentless defence and adding 25 points and 9 rebounds, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.
The teams were neck and neck into the third quarter, until the Rogues went on a cold streak and London was able to build a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. On the whole, the Rogues struggled from the field, shooting just 40% for the game, compared with 57.5% for the Lightning. London was led by Jordan Burns, who finished with 28 points.
There was some extra buzz in the air, as former St. John’s Edge head coach and current Lightning coach Doug Plumb made his return to the Rock. It was clear that both teams – and both coaches – wanted this one badly. The play was physical, and both benches were assessed technical fouls at different points.
This was the first of a three game series between the teams – they’ll resume action at the Mary Brown’s Center on Friday evening at 7pm.