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Story by Stephen Poirier
The Island Storm have tied their best-of-five series with the Saint John Riptide 1-1 with a big 103-79 win tonight.
Al Richter kicked the game off with a three-pointer, and the Storm continued the offence, scoring nine points in the opening few minutes.
The Riptide replied, and the back-and-forth action we saw in game one came back.
The lead changed constantly between the teams until a trio of three-pointers from Richter, Rashad Whack and Brad States gave the Storm an eight-point lead late in the first.
They continued the momentum and were up 25-14 at the end of the first quarter, in an impressive defensive display.
Defence was the name of the second quarter. Both teams shot under 35 per cent from the field in the first half in a physical stalemate. The Storm managed to expand upon their lead and went up 45-28 at the break.
Whack led all scorers with 12 points heading into the second half.
He continued early in the third, hitting his fourth three-pointer of the game right out of halftime. Akeem Ellis rained in a 30-footer to extend the Storm lead to 23 points.
The offence continued strong for the Storm throughout the third, as they poured in 35 points in the quarter to maintain a huge 80-56 lead as the fourth quarter began.
The fourth quarter was smooth sailing for the Storm. They held the 20-point lead and closed out the game with a comfortable 103-79 win.
Whack finished with a game-high 22 points, with Richter and Ellis both contributing double-doubles.
The Storm head back to P.E.I. with home-court advantage as Game 3 tips off Saturday, May 6 at 7p.m. in Charlottetown. Game 4 takes place on Sunday at 2pm from Eastlink Centre and tickets for that game go on sale Friday morning at 11am.