SUMMERSIDE – A record crowd turned out for the Summerside Storm’s Islander Day matchup against the Quebec Kebs.
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Shaun Fountain, 5, of the Quebec Kebs looks to go around the Summerside Storm’s Julian Allen, 24, during Monday afternoon’s National Basketball League of Canada game at EastLink Arena in Summerside.
The announced crowd of 4,017 fans were treated to a fast-paced, high scoring contest that featured the home team falling just short 123-114.
Down 31-25 after the opening quarter, the Storm fought back to lead 57-52 at halftime.
Quebec outscored the Storm 34-24 in the third quarter to take an 86-81 lead after three quarters. Summerside mounted a rally, but just couldn’t overcome the hot-shooting Kebs.
Storm head coach Joe Salerno said three-point shots played a role in the game’s outcome.
“They go 10-of-19 from three, we go five-of-27 and that’s a big difference,” he said. “We didn’t shoot the ball that well, and we ran into a very good team who played well today (Monday).”
Salerno said every time the Storm got within striking distance, the Kebs answered back.
“It just seemed like every time we were in a striking position they’d hit big shot after big shot,” Salerno said. “It’s tough. It can get frustrating.
“I thought there were some calls that didn’t go our way late in that game tonight. It’s a tough loss to take.”
Led all scorers
Quebec’s Ralphy Holmes led all scorers with 32 points while James (Boo) Jackson contributed 30.
Louie McCroskey was the Storm’s leading scorer with 23. Mike Williams, Troy Jackson and Julian Allen all had 18 points.
Salerno said the Storm didn’t get as many chances at the free-throw line as they normally do, and that was because of shot selection.
“We settled for a lot of jumpers,” he said. “When you’re not shooting the ball well, you need to get stuff going to the rim.”
Kebs assistant coach Dennis Truax said he wasn’t surprised at how tough the Storm played.
“We had a little lull and they’re a very good team,” he said. “Summerside is a lot better than what their record indicates.
“The guys can shoot the ball. They’re all good players. We made some adjustments at halftime, and made a nice little run and were able to keep doing what we were doing.”
Truax said the Kebs pounded the ball inside, which led to points and rebounds.