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Story by Stephen Poirier
Al Stewart and Akeem Ellis both missed Game 4 for the Island Storm, and their absence was felt in a 107-97 loss to the Saint John Riptide.
Both teams came out firing, trading baskets early in the first quarter. The lead changed back and forth before the Riptide slowly started pulling away.
The score was 30-25 in favor of Saint John heading into the second quarter.
The second saw more of the same. The Storm defence had no answer for the Riptide led by local archenemy Gabe Freeman.
Forward Tirrell Baines was the highlight for the Storm. He led the game with 20p on an incredible 8-9 FG at halftime.
Even with Baines’ great half, the Storm trailed 57-48 at the break.
Saint John continued the offensive pressure throughout the third. They expanded their lead to 85-66 as the fourth quarter began.
Terry Thomas took over in the fourth, and single-handedly willed the Storm back into it. He couldn’t miss, seemingly scoring on every Storm possession late on.
He continued to fill the scoreboard right until the final buzzer, finishing with a game-high 36p and 12r on an efficient 16-20 FG.
Despite him putting the team on his back, the Storm dropped the hard-fought game 107-97.
Baines added 26p, and Jahii Carson consistently found his teammates with 14a in the loss.
The series is now tied 2-2, and is headed back to Saint John for a must-win Game 5 on Tuesday, May 9.