Story by Jordan Ramsay
The Island Storm won a big, 104-92, game in Saint John against the Riptide on Wednesday night, taking the regular season series 5-3 in what could be a potential playoff matchup.
It was a back-and-forth first two quarters before coach Joe Salerno called a timeout. The Storm then finished the half on a 9-1 run before Akeem Ellis nailed a deep three-pointer to go up 54-46 at the break.
The Riptide crawled back into the game after a shaky third quarter for the Storm. It looked like the game would enter the fourth quarter tied at 68 before the Storm’s Al Stewart finished off three foul shots to put his team up 71-68 going into the final quarter.
The Storm never looked back and the last minute of the game was more or less a clock-killer for both teams as the game was out of reach for the Riptide.
The Storm’s Rashad Whack and the Riptide’s Gabe Freeman went shot-for-shot all game, each leading their team with 23 points.
Terry Thomas led the Storm in rebounds with 11 while Jahii Carson and Stewart each had six assists.
The Storm is back on home court at the Eastlink Centre for the last home game of the season tomorrow against the Halifax Hurricanes.
For Fan Appreciation Night, all bowl tickets are just $5 and can be bought in-person at the Eastlink Centre box office, online at islandstorm.ca or by phone at (902) 629-6625.