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It was only the second day of the Island Storm season, but Sunday’s game in Moncton felt like a must-win, and win they did.
Putting on a scoring clinic, the Storm had their way offensively en route to a 130-117 win over the Moncton Miracles on Sunday at the Coliseum.
Brent Jennings led all scorers with 32 while Mike Martin contributed with 30 points and five rebounds.
“I was really pleased with the overall performance today,” said Storm coach Joe Salerno. “Our keys guys stepped up today with Mike (Martin) and Brent Jennings having a great game.”
The Storm opened the game trading buckets with Moncton, with both teams finding the stroke from the land beyond in the first quarter.
In the second frame the Storm went on a series of small runs and took a 21-point lead into halftime.
In the third quarter the Storm opened up a 23-point lead but near the mid-way point in the frame the Miracles began to fire back. And eventually got the game within five points. A timeout call by Salerno seemed to calm his team down and they got the lead back to double digits and didn’t look back from there.
“I think that this game helps builds our confidence,” said Jennings. “We dropped a close one to Moncton in the pre-season and we needed to make a statement to the NBL that we can compete with anyone.”
The Storm struggled in their season opener, dropping a 121-106 decision to the Saint John Mill Rats at Eastlink Centre on Saturday.
Jennings said Sunday’s game was an opportunity the Storm couldn’t let slip away, so he left it all on the court.
“I just gave it my all tonight. Each game when I step on the floor I want to give one hundred and tonight wasn’t anything different.”
Other leaders for the Storm were Rashad Whack with 19, Brian Addison with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Nick Evans who scored 12 and collected nine boards.
The Island next plays this Thursday when they welcome the Halifax Hurricanes for their annual New Year’s Eve game at 7 p.m.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at stormbasketball.ca/tickets