Home is where the London Lightning is heading, and Gabe Freeman couldn’t be happier.
“They don’t want to play in London just like we don’t want to play here,” said the Lightning forward and National Basketball League of Canada MVP. “It’s going to be ugly for them – just like it was ugly for us here.”
Freeman’s Lightning squandered a 2-0 lead in the NBL of Canada final with back-to-back losses to the Halifax Rainmen at the Metro Centre, but the stats tell you why he’s looking forward to going home with a chance to clinch a championship.
London has won 14 straight games at John Labatt Centre and has a 19-2 home-court record.
“We get a chance to win on our home court, and they get to see the truth,” Freeman said.
The Rainmen, who credited big loud crowds for their two home wins, admitted it will be more challenging to win on the road, where they are just 7-13 this season.
“It’s really tough to play in that environment,” said Rainmen guard Taliek Brown. “But without our home crowd we’ll go out and play our hardest because we know everybody’s watching (on TV).”