The Storm snapped a four-game losing streak with a 110-96 road win over the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night. Ironically, it is the Mill Rats who hold down the fourth and final playoff spot. A Saint John win would have eliminated the Storm from post-season contention.
Before 2,251 fans at Harbour Station, Troy Jackson poured in a game-high 39 points to lead the Storm, who improved to 11-20 (won-lost). Louie McCroskey sank 22 while Mike Williams chipped in with 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Eric Gilchrese also scored in double digits with 11.
Steve DeLuca and Kevin Francis each had 16 points to lead the Mill Rats (14-15). Saint John received 11-point efforts from Isaac Kuon and Darren Duncan, and 10 from Anthony Anderson.
The Storm led 55-53 at halftime, and then took control by outscoring the Mill Rats 36-22 in the third quarter to take a 91-75 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The Storm returns to action on Tuesday, when they travel to the Moncton Coliseum to open a home-and-home series with the Moncton Miracles (7-22). The teams return to EastLink Arena in Summerside on Thursday at 7 p.m.
That game will kickoff a three-game homestand for the Storm, which will culminate with the team’s final regular-season home game against Oshawa on Friday, March 2. The Storm will also host the Quebec Kebs in an Islander Day matinee on Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m.