Lightning touches down at Fanshawe

Heads up, b-ball fans: the London Lightning basketball team will be holding an inter-squad scrimmage on October 12 at Fanshawe.

Get a sneak peek of the 2011/12 London Lightning roster, which includes players from across the U.S. and Canada, and watch as players duke it out for roster spots in this ultra-competitive scrimmage. On October 13, the roster will be cut to 12 players in time for the first home pre-season game on October 23 against Oshawa.

The London Lightning is part of the new National Basketball League of Canada along with the Saint John Mill Rats, Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles and Oshawa Power. Each team is required to have two Canadian players on their active roster at all times this season.

October 12's game will be extremely competitive and exciting, according to Head Coach Michael Ray Richardson. "It will also give the community opportunity to meet the players for the first time."

"It is one of our main objectives to engage the youth and families of the community and this event will provide a chance for everyone to meet our coach and players for the first time free of charge," added General Manager Taylor Brown. "Coach Richardson is bringing in very skilled players who are a step away from the NBA. The City of London will be surprised at the level of talent these players have."

Richardson and the Lightning players will be available after the game for autographs and a meet and greet with fans.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tip off is set for 7:30. Free admission for all.