For the second time in the 2017-18 playoffs, the St. John’s Edge found itself in a double-overtime situation in Game 1. This time, however, they came out on the losing side, falling to the London Lightning 140-133 on Tuesday night.
The Edge led the defending champs by 10 at the half. That didn’t last long, though, as the Lightning outscored the Edge 27-16 in the third quarter to take a one point lead. It looked like the game was over with five minutes left on the clock as the Lightning were up nine points, but the Edge found its scoring touch, going on a 12 point run to lead with just minutes left. It came down to a pair of free throws with the Edge up by one. The Lightning needed to drain both to win but, fortunately for St. John’s, only drained one – sending the game to OT.
In double over-time St. John’s built a five point lead but the Lightning stormed back as league MVP Carl English fouled out of the game, but so to did the Lightnings star player, Royce White. London went on to win the series opener.
The Edge will play the second game in the best-of-seven series Thursday night in London.