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By Jordan Ramsay
The Island Storm finished the backend of a home-and-home against the Moncton Miracles on Islander Day at the Eastlink Centre, with a dominating 110-94 victory in front of 2,325 fans.
Tirrell Baines and Nick Okorie shot the Storm off to a hot start, going on a 5-0 run before finishing the first quarter with a 26-20 lead.
A hard-nosed defensive effort from AJ Stewart coupled with Al Richter’s strong performance from three-point range propelled the Storm through the second-quarter, leading by as much as 20-points before finishing the first half ahead of the Miracles 57-34.
Richter continued his torrid pace in the third-quarter, finishing off an easy one-handed layup to extend the Storm lead to 30-points.
Leading the Miracles 93-66 heading into the fourth-quarter, the Storm locked down the game to give Island basketball fans a 110-94 win on Islander Day.
Richter finished with a game-high 24-points while Okorie chipped in with 17-points and Terry Thomas dropped 16-points of his own.
Russell Byrd finished with a team-high 20-points for the Miracles, in a losing effort.
There is a break for the Storm before they head to Moncton on Feb. 26 for the third game in a row against the Miracles.
The Storm is back home on Friday, March 3, when they face the league-leading Halifax Hurricanes, 7 p.m. at the Eastlink Centre.