Canada’s Court Week 18: Lightning’s Williamson Celebrates Historic Milestone

Canada’s Court Week 18: Lightning’s Williamson Celebrates Historic Milestone

London guard currently in fifth season with London
Photo Credit: Luke Durda

By José Colorado

History has struck London in the form of Garrett Williamson.

The London Lightning staple recorded his 2500th career point in week 18, making the combo guard the first Canadian to cross the threshold in league history.

In his five seasons with the franchise, Williamson has remained a key constant in an otherwise revolving door league, snagging two titles in the process and remaining productive by averaging 14.9 points (50.2 per cent field goal shooting), 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season.

And although Williamson's numbers have been down of late, forcing him just outside of Canada's Court, it's clear that when considering the long-term the six-foot-five floor general has been one of the best to grace the NBLC hardwoods to date.

1. Jamal Reynolds (Pickering, ONT.)
Team: Cape Breton Highlanders (17-19)
LW RANK: 1
Stats this week: 
 20 points (64 per cent), eight rebounds, two assists, one game played
Season stats: 
17.5 points (53.3 per cent field goal shooting), 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists

It would take a monumental collapse at this point for anybody but Jamal Reynolds to grab the Canadian of the Year honours.

The tweener has simply been on another level of consistency with the forward again putting in another solid effort in week 18 with 20 points and eight rebounds on 64 per cent shooting against the Moncton Magic on March 16.

Reynolds has now hit double-digits in his last dozen games, shooting nearly 50 per cent during that stretch.

Few on this list can argue to have the nightly impact the Pickering-native currently does as he is practically a walking double-double, converting at an exceptionally high rate.

He ranks fourth in the league for rebounds per game (8.8), seventh in field goal percentage (53.3) and eleventh in scoring (17.5).

No other Canadian can lay claim to the top 11 in three separate categories.

2. Guillaume Boucard (Montreal, QUE.)
Team: Island Storm (10-23)
LW RANK: Unranked
Stats this week:  
19 points per game (46.34 per cent field goal shooting), 11 rebounds, four assists, 1.33 steals, three games played     
Season stats:  13.4 points per game (41 per cent field goal shooting), seven rebounds, 3.14 assists, 1.1 steals

A bye week may have sidelined Guillaume Boucard from Canada's Court in the previous edition but the forward came back with vengeance in week 18 by posting a double-double of 19 points per game, 11 rebounds and three assists on 46.34 per cent shooting in a trio of matches.

In a 20-game stint with the Island Storm littered with monstrous outings, the former Carleton Raven delivered one more by notching 23 points and a season-high 16 rebounds on March 14 versus the Sudbury Five.

And although Boucard's field goal shooting has always left something to be desired (41 per cent), the Quebecer has made up for it in his ability to draw fouls as he once again marched to the charity stripe an abnormal amount of times (26) in week 18.

And with the Island continuing its late-season surge (winning five of its last six games), one would be hard-pressed to argue against Boucard being a sure-fire selection to the All-Canadian Team.

3. Alex Campbell (Brampton, ONT.)
Team: Island Storm (10-23)
LW RANK: Unranked
Stats this week:
  25.33 points per game (58.18 per cent field goal shooting), seven rebounds, 2.33 assists, two steals, three games played
Season stats:  13.2 points per game (44.9 per cent field goal shooting), seven rebounds, 3.4 assists

The Island's dynamic duo appears intent on saving its best for last as Alex Campbell had his most formidable round of games yet by averaging 25.33 points per game, seven rebounds and two steals on 58.18 per cent shooting in a trio of matches.

At 76 points, the point guard put forth his highest three-game scoring total of the season and also eclipsed the 30-point barrier for just the second time this campaign on March 17 versus the Windsor Express.

The biggest reason for the offensive onslaught came by way of a 10-of-21 (48 per cent) three-point shooting week as the Brampton-native only managed to shoot three total free throws.

If the bulky guard is hitting from distance it's almost guaranteed to be a 20-plus point night as opposing teams must press up closer to the athletic dynamo, creating driving angles.

In fact in Campbell's six 20-plus point outings on the year he has shot 24-of-40 (60 per cent) from long-distance, only once hitting below 40 per cent in that stretch.

Campbell, KW's Ashton Smith or St. John's Junior Cadougan: the remaining two weeks could help clear the air for who should take the All – Canadian Team guard spots.

4. Ashton Smith (Scarborough, ONT.)
Team: KW Titans (17-20)
LW RANK: 4
Stats this week:
  14.5 points per game (53 per cent field goal shooting), three rebounds, 10 assists, two games played  
Season stats:  14 points per game (50.8 per cent field goal shooting), four rebounds, 5.5 assists

Rare back-to-back double-digit assist outings has Ashton Smith holding strong at No.4 despite the KW Titans' point guard having played in just four of his team's last 10 outings.

The Scarborough-native again had to sit out a match in week 18 but he did manage to play in his club's other two games, posting a double-double of 14.5 points per game and 10 assists on 53 per cent shooting.

Perhaps more impressive however is the fact that Smith played below 30 minutes in both outings, notching 20 assists to just three turnovers in total.

The only thing preventing him from vaulting back into the top three was a paltry four points on March 16 against the Lightning on just two-of-six shooting.

He has three games remaining to make up for it.

5. Tyrrel Tate (Calgary, ALTA.)
Team: Windsor Express (17-17)
LW RANK: 3
Stats this week:  
19.5 points per game (48 per cent field goal shooting), three rebounds, two games played
Season stats:   14.8 points per game (48.5 per cent field goal shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Tyrrel Tate fell just short of a shooter's paradise (50-40-90) in week 18 as he shot 48.5, 40 and 100 percent from the field, three-point range and free-throw line, respectively.

Besides the marksmanship, Tate strung together his third trio of 15-plus point games as he dropped 22 and 17 in his latest pair of matches.

That type of offensive output will be needed for the Albertan to remain in Canada's Court as the six-foot-five guard has severely lacked in the other major statistical categories with week 18 being no exception (e.g. one rebound, one assist in 29 minutes on March 17 versus the Magic).

And with a number of other Canadians lurking in the shadows (Cadougan, Chris Johnson, Garrett Williamson), the No.5 spot is more up for grabs than ever.

Sixth Man:
Chris Johnson, Cape Breton Highlanders (North Preston, N.S.)


13.7 points per game (40.7 per cent field goal shooting), four rebounds, 2.1 assists