Summerside team holds bonding day
SUMMERSIDE – The Summerside Storm stepped away from the court on Wednesday after a tough 2 1/2-week stretch in the National Basketball League of Canada.
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Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno.
The Storm completed a demanding stretch that included seven of eight games away from home with a 102-83 loss to the Moncton Miracles at the Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday night. It was the fifth straight road loss for the Storm, who fell to 5-5 (won-lost).
“We took kind of a team bonding day (in Charlottetown),” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno on Wednesday afternoon. “We had a long team meeting today talking about the opportunity, and the privilege it is to play for this organization and in this league.
“Then we had a little down time, we took a nice long walk down by the water and tried to clear our heads from this tough road trip.
“We just tried to have a relaxing day, clear our heads and tomorrow (Thursday) we’re back at it hard on the court.”
The Storm begins a four-game homestand on Friday against the Windsor Express. The opening tipoff at Eastlink Arena is set for 7 p.m. The Storm will then look to avenge Tuesday’s loss against the Miracles on Sunday in a rare matinee at 2 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to having a home game, and looking forward to having a game with at least two days between games,” said Salerno. “We have gotten a little off track from what we were doing well at the start of the (regular) season (when the Storm started with four straight wins).
“We took kind of a team bonding day (in Charlottetown). We had a long team meeting today talking about the opportunity, and the privilege it is to play for this organization and in this league. Then we had a little down time, we took a nice long walk down by the water and tried to clear our heads from this tough road trip. We just tried to have a relaxing day, clear our heads and tomorrow (Thursday) we’re back at it hard on the court.” Storm head coach Joe Salerno
“I think some of that has to do with a tough road trip, a lot of it has to do with injuries, but we just have to get back to playing better basketball. We look forward to doing that on Friday night.”
It’s just as well the Storm opted for a bonding day as Salerno said the team would have had about seven players who could practise on Wednesday.
It’s good every once and a while to step away and don’t think about basketball,” said Salerno. “We’re pretty banged up right now.
“(Forward Chris) Cayole is questionable for this weekend. Obviously, with Doak (Ayodokun Akingbade) being released (last weekend) we are down a guy as it is.
“Greg Plummer tweaked his ankle a little bit last night, Brandon Hassell is a little under the weather and we have a lot of nicks and bruises.
“We are hoping we will be as close to a full roster as possible for this weekend. If not, we have to run with the guys we have and try to get a couple of wins.”
Cayole has missed the last four games with a strained calf muscle.