By Jordan Ramsay | March 3, 2018
The Island Storm won a pivotal game, 115-108, against the Cape Breton Highlanders, that could have potential playoff implications, on Saturday night.
The first half belonged to the Storm as Franklin Session and Du’Vaughn Maxwell spearheaded a fast charge by the Storm to start the game. Session and Maxwell put up clutch shots, but it was their hard working defensive play that kept the Storm ahead, 31-28 after one quarter.
It was a physical second quarter that saw Brad States of the Storm and Rick Bodiford and Lindsay Hunter of the Highlanders ejected from the game.
With six minutes left in the half, Maxwell ended up on the ground after a scuffle with Bodiford. Bodiford continued to trade verbal jabs from the bench, leading to his ejection.
Minutes later States was taken down hard by Hunter, with Hunter’s foot appearing to make contact with States’ ribs. After a discussion between the referees, both players were ejected.
Tyler Scott had a breakout quarter, finishing the first half with four three-pointers and 10-points, while Session put up six three-pointers and finished with 18-points.
The Storm led by double digits at the half, 57-47.
The Highlanders came alive to start the second half. Despite a solid effort from Session and Scott for the Storm, the Highlanders put up 42-points in the third quarter to take an 89-85 lead into the final frame.
The Storm stepped their game up again, in the fourth quarter. Session, Maxwell and Scott continued their dominate play, while Kemy Osse evened out the scoring and chipped in with his own timely shots.
Session finished with a game-high 29-points, making nine field goals, five three-pointers and six free throws to go along with eight assists and eight rebounds.
The final score saw the Storm leave with a much needed 115-108 win against a key divisional opponent. Cape Breton sits just below them in the standings for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
The Storm hit the road for the next two weeks before returning to the Eastlink Centre on Sunday, March 18 against the Cape Breton Highlanders at 2 p.m.
Storm – Franklin Session, 29
Highlanders – Malik Story, 24
Storm – Jarion henry, 12
Highlanders – Chris Braswell, 10
Storm – Franklin Session, 8; Jarion henry, 8
Highlanders – Bruce Massey Jr, 10
Storm – 50% (44-for-88)
Highlanders – 40.4% (40-for-99)
Storm – 44.7% (21-for-38)
Highlanders – 39.5% (11-for-33)
Storm – 55.6% (10-for-18)
Highlanders – 81% (17-for-21)