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Score one for the little guys.

The National Basketball League of Canada London Lightning defeated the G League champion Raptors 905 99 92 Saturday in an exhibition game at Budweiser Gardens.

While the game meant nothing in the standings and certainly meant more to the Lighning than the Raptors, it doesn lessen the feeling of how good it felt for the Bolts. Maybe, just maybe, the win earned a little more respect for a league that often doesn get enough.

it has to be (significant), Lightning coach Keith Vassell said. understand what their situation is. If we play them again three months from now they be at a different ability but we also be at a different ability. For us this is a good meter. Where our league is looked at as inferior . . . we defending champs; they’re defending champs. For us we have to at least pat ourselves on the back and say, well done. Does it mean we accomplished anything? No because it has nothing to do with our league but it lets us know we are on the right track.

does feel good. difference in the two leagues was obvious from the start. The 905 has three players who are seven foot or taller. Edy Tavares is 7 3. The Lightning players are as athletic but Royce White 6 8 is as big as it gets.

The Lightning was determined to put on a good show and worked as if two points were at stake.

There was also a great deal of pride at stake. Many NBL players believe that given the right breaks they could be playing at a higher level.

Ryan Anderson proved he can shoot no matter whom he is playing against. He had 28 points to lead all scorers and was 7 of 14 from three point range. White, a former first round NBA pick, admitted he was jittery before the start of the game.

Though he often says he has nothing to prove, he wanted to put on a good showing. White didn shoot the ball well but finished with 14 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

White provided the highlight of the night when he took the ball on the baseline and dunked it right in Tavares face.

a monster, White said. couldn even see the basket but I knew it was there. Williamson added 12 points and Joel Friesen 10 for the Lightning.

Johanny Dalembert was often given the task of defending the much bigger Raptor 905 players. He had a strong game with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The 905 were led by Kennedy Meeks and Lorenzo Brown with 12 points each.

Raptors 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse spoke about the reality of the game for his team.

not who we will be, he said. now we just trying to establish an identity . . . I was happy because we wanted to give people an equal amount of playing time and we did that. I could have played Edy (Tavares) a lot more and he could have shut everything down but we wanted to look at everybody.

had three practices; we missed a ton of layups; they had more offensive rebounds than we had defensive rebounds; we had 25 turnovers and lost by seven. the other hand the Lightning had to play by NBA rules and with an NBA basketball. The Lightning led by 12 late and then just held the ball to try to run down the clock.

The Lightning may have had most of the advantages on the night but they, too, are remaking their team.

It was a good win.

Stackhouse says he isn familiar with the NBL.

they have a lot of like size guys, he said of the Lightning. have guys who can score the ball and play off the dribble and do different things. If you are able to switch like that and do a lot of different things, you are going to have some success. Lightning prepared hard for the game.

White had a slow start but by the end he was doing what he does to NBL teams, short of his shooting. He said he had some trouble gripping the NBA ball.

I said to my team when we went into the locker room, they picked me up, White said. did some things on offence that showed a certain skill set or certain things like vision, things that I should be doing. But I by no means played at the calibre that I need to play to do the things we need to do.

that being said, a bunch of other guys who the spotlight isn on, showed that maybe the talent evaluation on them is off. Johan Dalembert played like a monster out there against seven footers. We challenged the status quo. That what we just did. said the game proved that the disparity is not what people would assume it is. He also gave big props to teammate Ryan Anderson.

me individually I don think it proves anything, White said. 4 for 16 is really unacceptable . . . One thing about the difference between their league and our league is length and that will bother you a little bit at first sight. But for it to be our first game back and my first game back . . . it proves everything and nothing at the same time I say. Lightning plays one more exhibition game and that Nov. 12 against Windsor at Budweiser Gardens.
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