By Bryce Doiron | March 1, 2018
CHARLOTTETOWN - The Island Storm grabbed a big win Thursday snapping the Halifax Hurricane’s 6-game win streak, winning 96-93 in front of a loud crowd at Eastlink Centre.
With the Storm playing their first home game without Andre Stringer, Du’Vaughn Maxwell came out for warmup rocking the number ten jersey in his absence.
Both teams came out hungry in the first with a back-and-fourth first quarter that ended with the Hurricanes leading 27-25, despite some big defensive stops from Du’Vaughn Maxwell.
The second quarter was all Chris Johnson. Going 3-4 from three and finishing with 13 in the quarter. The Storm still trailed at the half, 51-50.
Maxwell kept up his lockdown defence in the third with four rebounds and three blocks. Franklin Session had 10 points of his own in the quarter, shooting 2-3 from downtown and perfect from the line. This led the Storm to an 80-73 lead heading into the last 12 minutes.
Things got heated in the fourth when Hurricanes forward Billy White was ejected after exchanging shoves with Storm forward Brad States. The game went down to the wire but Kemy Osse came up with a huge steal, later followed by a Session’s free-throw that sealed the 96-93 victory for the home team.
Session finished with a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds.
The Storm, winners of three straight, are back at the Eastlink centre on Saturday, March 3 when they face off against the Cape Breton Highlanders at 7 p.m.
Storm – Franklin Session, 27
Hurricanes – Antoine Mason, 26
Storm – Franklin Session, 14
Hurricanes –Mike Poole, 12
Storm –Du’Vaughn Maxwell, 9
Hurricanes – Cliff Clinkscales, 6
Storm – 41.1% (37-for-90)
Hurricanes – 38.8% (31-for-80)
Storm – 26.9% (7-for-26)
Hurricanes– 30.8% (8-for-26)
Storm – 62.5% (15-for-24)
Hurricanes – 79.3% (23-for-29)