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St. John's Edge sign Canadian guard Kyle Johnson in advance of playoff series with Titans

Kyle Johnson, the newest member of the St. John's Edge, won two NBL Canada championships with the London Lightning and has played for Great Britain internationally, including the 2012 Olympic Games. —  fiba.basketball
Kyle Johnson, the newest member of the St. John's Edge, won two NBL Canada championships with the London Lightning and has played for Great Britain internationally, including the 2012 Olympic Games. — fiba.basketball - Contributed

Two-time NBLC champion has been added as injury designate for Shaquille Keith

The St. John’s Edge announced this morning they are adding a Canadian shooting guard to their active roster for the upcoming NBLC playoff series with the KW Titans.

No, it’s not Carl English, although we could learn of English’s availability for the series as soon as this afternoon.

That’s when the Edge are holding a media availability with head coach Steve Marcus and the team’s players at Mile One Centre, where the main topic of conversation will be the status of English, the 38 year-old Newfoundlander who hasn’t played in more than two months following surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb.

But whatever happens with English, St. John’s has moved to shore up both its thinned guard position and its domestic contingent by signing Kyle Johnson, a 30-year-old from Scarborough, Ont., who most recently played for Maritime Boulonge in France’s National Masculine (NM1) league.

Johnson has been added as the injury designate for Shaquille Keith, who suffered a broken foot during the Edge’s first-round series against the Sudbury Five.

Johnson, a 6-5, 210-pound product of NCAA Division One Long Island University (Brooklyn), has experience in the National Basketball League of Canada, having been part of the London Lightning’s 2017 and 2018 championship teams.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Johnson set a Lightning record with 51 points in a game against Moncton.

Johnson, who has also played for professional tams in Greece, Cyprus and Italy, has dual Canadian-British citizenship and has represented Great Britain in a number of international competitions, including the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London.

Games 1 and 2 of the Edge’s best-of-seven matchup with the Titans will be played games Saturday and Monday nights (7 p.m. starts) at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

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