The Island Storm finished a chippy affair with a 113-109 win against the Saint John Riptide on Friday night.
The game started rough for the Storm but Terry Thomas put them on the board with a vicious slam before clawing their way back to trail 30-27 after one quarter.
The Riptide tore their way through the start of the second quarter before the Storm fought back. Both teams faced foul trouble and Saint John led 56-54 at halftime.
Thomas led a diverse attack in the third-quarter hitting two three-pointers before a vicious slam-dunk but the Riptide led 90-84 going into the final frame.
Gabe Freeman led the attack for the Riptide finishing with a team-high 28-points and 17-rebounds.
Jahii Carson established himself in the fourth quarter consistently making free-throws and finishing with 17-points.
The Storm roared back in the final two-minutes on the back of Carson, Nick Okorie who finished with 20-points and Thomas who had a game-high 30-points.
After a foul-filled end to the game, the Storm walked away with a 113-109 victory.
The Storm are back home for an Islander Day matinee against the Moncton Miracle on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Eastlink Centre.