By Stephen Poirier and Carson Deveau
The Island Storm defeated the defending champions Halifax Hurricanes in an exciting
Sunday matinee at the Eastlink Centre, 112-103.
Terry Thomas returned from injury and started the game with a layup to put the Storm on the board.
From there, he continued as if he was never injured, scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds in the first quarter.
The Island Storm led 33-23 heading into the second. The second quarter was a tightly contested affair, with both teams trading baskets. Thanks to continued dominance from Thomas, and contributions from Jahii Carson and Al Stewart, the Storm headed into the second half leading 58-50.
The third belonged to recent signing Akeem Ellis who hit three-pointers from all over the floor. He shot five-for-eight from long range heading into the fourth quarter, giving the Storm a 94-78 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Al Stewart came alive on both ends of the court. He grabbed a crucial steal, made a huge block and finished the game with 24 points.
Despite a late push from the Hurricanes, the Storm held on for a 112-103 win, and snapped their five-game losing streak.
Thomas lit up the score sheet in his return, finishing the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Thomas wasn’t the only Storm player to get it done offensively, as Ellis (21p), Jahii Carson (20p) and Al Stewart (24p) contributed as well.
The Storm is headed to Halifax next for a rematch of today’s game when they take the Hurricanes on Wednesday at 7p.m.
The Storm are back on home court next Sunday, March 26, for a 2 p.m. contest against Moncton.