Al Stewart became the Island Storm’s all-time leading scorer, but the Niagara River Lions crashed the party with a 104-101 win.
The Storm got off to a slow start. They were down by as much as 14-4 halfway through the first quarter.
Terry Thomas upstarted the offense with nine points in the quarter, as the Storm closed the gap and headed into the second quarter down 25-24.
Al Stewart tied up the game 28-28 early in the second quarter with two quick layups, passing Antonio Ballard for number one on the Storm’s all-time scoring list.
It was all Niagara for the rest of the quarter. They led 57-44 at halftime.
Thomas continued his solid play and led the half with 16 points.
The Storm came back strong in the third. They cut the Niagara lead to 73-68 late in the quarter, capped off with a huge Brad States dunk, plus a foul.
After being down 13 points at halftime, the Storm headed into the fourth only down four, trailing 77-73.
The teams went back and forth for the entirety of the fourth. Late baskets by Al Richter and Al Stewart brought the Storm within one point with a minute left.
However, the comeback wasn’t meant to be as late fouls gave Niagara the 104-101 win.
Richter led the Storm with 22 points.
Former Storm guard Nick Okorie scored 17 in his first visit back to the island.
The Storm look to bounce back against the Cape Breton Highlanders at home this Saturday, April 13. Tipoff at 7p.m.