The KW Titans weren’t feeling the love at the Aud on Thursday as they suffered a tough defeat against the St. John’s Edge one day before Valentine’s Day.
KW won the tip in this one but lost the race to be the first team to put points on the board.
The Edge got off to a quick start but the recently cleared for play, Ed Horton (21 points, eight assists, eight rebounds) scored back-to-back buckets to get the Titans back to where they needed to be.
The home team exploded from there and quickly opened up a double-digit lead but St. John’s fought back and muscled their way back into the game.
However, it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Edge as KW put on display some of their hard-nosed defence and really made the opposing team work for every basket they scored.
The Edge eventually got back into the game and tied up the score but Damon Lynn (13 points, six assists) drained a three-pointer and the Titans gave themselves a bit of breathing room as they went into the second quarter.
The scoreboard read 24-20 after 12 minutes of game time.
The second quarter looked like it was going to be a slugfest as the two teams exchanged three-point bombs early on. Olu Famutimi (five points) connected from deep and moments later, Ahmad Thomas (three points) knocked one down himself.
Neither side was able to gain much ground on the other in a quarter that showed the teams matching each other’s intensity at every turn.
In the closing minutes of the second, the Edge began to close the gap again. The visiting club cut the lead down to just two points but a clean baseline jumper from Nigel Tyghter (15 points, 12 rebounds) put the Titans back up.
KW went into the intermission with a lead of 47-44 but knew they had to step it up in the second half.
Unfortunately, the ball wasn’t bouncing in the Titans’ favour in the third. The home team struggled to get into any sort of rhythm and the Edge took advantage. St. John’s took the lead from the Titans. But Horton had plans of his own and drew a hard foul under the trip and earned a trip to the line and stole the lead back from the Edge.
Horton continued to create as he put his head down and drove into the lane to find Tyghter for an easy lay under the rim.
Shortly after, Akeem Ellis (eight points, six rebounds) caught the Edge sleeping on the job and stole the ball. Ellis sent the ball to Lynn behind the three-point line, giving the Titans a three-point lead over the Edge. But St John’s returned the favour on the following play and tied the score back up 62-62.
It was after that that the Edge went on a little run and gave the Titans some work to do. Jonathan Harris (14 points, nine rebounds) stopped the bleeding with a monster slam in the paint but the Titans still trailed the Edge by six points.
A few possessions later, Harris put on his superman cape again with a deep triple to score his 13th point of the game.
However, it was Jared Nickens (three points) scoring his only make of the game that finally took the lead back from the Edge as the Titans now led 79-78.
Unfortunately, in the fourth quarter, the Edge got hot and went on a run that would ultimately seal the Titans’ fate.
The team quickly got off to quick start and inflated their advantage to double-digits over KW.
The Titans began to look frustrated and out of answers and as much as they tried couldn’t get themselves back into striking distance.
St. John’s eventually went on to win the game and defeated the Titans 108-95 at the end of regulation.
The Titans’ next opportunity to get a win comes on Monday, Feb. 17 on a Family Day inside Budweiser Gardens in London against the Lightning.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Titans’ away games can be streamed on www.nblc.live