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Brandon Robinson of the Summerside Storm looks to make a move on the London Lightning’s Jeremy Williams during first-half action in Wednesday night’s National Basketball League of Canada playoff game at Eastlink Arena.
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Storm is looking to even up its series with the London Lightning with a win Friday at Credit Union Place.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Arena and fans are encouraged to wear white.
The five-game series started off poorly for Summerside, with a pair of losses in London making every game forward a must-win for the Storm in the competitive National Basketball League of Canada final.
The Storm delivered in Game 3, with a 111-99 win over London, tightening up the series 2-1 (win-loss) for the Lightning.
Storm head coach Joe Salerno is preparing his guys for what he says is one of the biggest games of the season.
“With our back against the wall we have no more options, we have to win,” said Salerno. “We let two close ones sneak away in London and now we’re forced to win the rest.”
Summerside lost games one and two by a combined total of eight points and realize they let them slip away.
Rookie guard Josiah Turner is disappointed his Storm team didn’t grab a win on the road but is optimistic with the situation.
“We let two slide off our fingertips but we can still win this series because we’re still confident and healthy. Some guys have never won anything this big and want it bad,” said Turner.
London has other plans and wants to end Summerside’s season as soon as possible. Coach Michael Ray Richardson said in order to do that they have to play their style of ball.
“We have to play our game, not theirs,” said Richardson. “They’re a good team with lots of scoring and speed. For us to win we have to break the tempo and keep the crowd quiet.”
The crowd in game three was among the best all season for Summerside with 2,582 on hand. The majority of fans were sporting white shirts to participate in the ‘white out’ promotion.
Turner, who recorded 19 points and nine assists in Game 3, is looking to step up his play and get other guys involved.
“I’ve been playing good in this series but I know I can do more and that could start with finding guys for good looks and prevent turnovers.”
The Storm relied heavily on the play of their starters who made up 103 of the team’s 111 points on Wednesday.
“I want to get everyone going in Game 4 so starters will get the chance to have a breather on the bench,” said the point guard. “Regardless of the outcome, this team will fight until the horn sounds. The fans are going to be entertained and if I can help it, proud too.”
It will be a challenge but Summerside is now only two wins away from being the second team in league history to hoist the NBL Championship trophy; the only other team to do so – London.