Storm beats Rainmen

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In National Basketball League of Canada pre-season game

HALIFAX – The Summerside Storm won their first exhibition game in the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada on Sunday afternoon.

Summerside Storm logo

Greg Plummer’s 30-point effort sparked the Storm to a 106-97 victory over the Halifax Rainmen at the Halifax Metro Centre.

The Rainmen led by one point at halftime, but a 25-7 second-half run gave the Storm a lead they would not give up.

Louis Birdsong, who shot 7-for-10 from the floor and grabbed 10 rebounds, added 18 points to the Storm attack. Point guards Al Stewart and Avery Smith also had strong games. Stewart had nine points and nine assists while Smith had eight points and nine assists.

Storm head coach Joe Salerno was pleased with how his players showed character coming back in the game. Salerno also feels the win will give his team, which features nine new players this year, the confidence to realize they can win in the NBL of Canada.  

Salerno also singled out Antonio Ballard and Doug McKinney, who he felt came up big defensively for the Storm late in the fourth quarter.

Salerno said the win was a good one, but the team has plenty of work to do to get ready for the upcoming regular season.

At UPEI Tuesday

P.E.I. fans will have another opportunity to see the Storm play an intra-squad game at UPEI on Tuesday at 7 p.m. This game is hosted by UPEI, with all proceeds staying with UPEI and going toward the Panther basketball teams. The Storm will have a slam dunk contest at halftime.

The Storm hosts the Moncton Miracles in the Rogers Slam Dunk Charity Game at Eastlink Arena on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Storm will also be selling tickets to this game on Tuesday night, with all proceeds from those sales going back to the Panthers.

Tickets for Friday’s contest are now on sale at Superstores across P.E.I., with all proceeds from Superstore sales going to P.E.I. Boys and Girls Clubs.

Bloomfield Elementary School is selling tickets for the Rogers Slam Dunk Charity Game in the western part of Prince Edward Island. The school, which is fundraising for new playground equipment, will keep all ticket sales for this project.

Tickets are also being sold at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, with proceeds from those sales staying with the school.

The Storm’s first regular-season home game is against the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday, Nov. 2.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Halifax Metro Centre.The Rainmen, Bloomfield Elementary School

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island, Summerside

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