By Jordan Ramsay | March 12, 2018
With 10 games left in the season, the Island Storm is riding a four-game win streak, heading to Ontario this week for a crucial three-game road trip.
The Storm will take on the KW Titans on Tuesday, the Windsor Express on Wednesday and the Niagara River Lions on Friday.
While the Central Division playoff teams have been set (Windsor and Niagara clinched), this road trip could impact the Storm’s placement in the Atlantic Division.
Right now the Storm sits in the last playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. They are three games ahead of the Cape Breton Highlanders with two less games played and still have a chance to catch the Saint John Riptide who lead the Storm by two games.
This will be the Storm’s second meeting against the Titans, Express and River Lions this year.
The Titans come into the Tuesday matchup with the Storm, on a seven-game losing streak and will not make the playoffs this year, but did manage to win a February meeting with the Storm, 111-98.
The Titans’ Derek Hall is leading the league in rebounds per game with 11.5.
The Storm will look to get revenge on Wednesday night against a playoff-bound Windsor team that dropped the Storm 125-116, earlier this year in January.
Damontre Harris’ league-leading 63.2 field goal percentage has been a big boost to the Express this year.
Fighting to prevent the Storm from sweeping the season series on Friday night, the River Lions have also already punched their ticket to the playoffs, but took a pounding from the Storm in December 122-102.
The Storm will have to focus on shutting down the River Lions’ Omar Strong, who is averaging a league-best 50% shooting from the three-point line.
Franklin Session is leading the Storm in most offensive categories this season. His 20.5 points per game is good for fifth in the league, while he ranks in the top three in rebounds per game with 9.2.
Defensive play could be integral down the stretch, for the Storm, as the team is second in the league for blocks and steals. Du’Vaughn Maxwell leads the team with 2.3 blocks per game and his 1.5 steals is second on the Storm, trailing only Session who has put up 1.7.
The Storm will return home on Sunday with a matchup against the Cape Breton Highlanders at 2 p.m. in Charlottetown at the Eastlink Centre.