McKinney gets start on Sunday
SUMMERSIDE -- The Summerside Storm is shaking things up for Sunday's National Basketball League of Canada game here at Eastlink Arena.
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The Summerside Storm’s Doug McKinney of Charlottetown hauls in a rebound during a National Basketball League of Canada game against the Moncton Miracles earlier this season. McKinney will be in the starting lineup for Sunday’s home game.
And the struggling Storm is looking no farther than P.E.I.’s own Doug McKinney to help provide a much-needed spark. McKinney will be in the starting lineup against the Moncton Miracles at 2 p.m.
“McKinney is a crowd favourite for Storm fans, and has made the most of his minutes coming off the bench so far this season,” read a media release issued by the Storm on Saturday night.
McKinney, who plays forward, has averaged 8.4 minutes a game in the Storm’s first 11 regular-season contests. He is 13-for-22 in field-goal attempts, 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. He has hauled in 100 rebounds, including 83 defensive boards.
The Storm is coming off a disappointing 96-84 loss to the expansion Windsor Express on Friday night. Windsor outscored the Storm 33-17 in the second quarter.
“McKinney is a crowd favourite for Storm fans, and has made the most of his minutes coming off the bench so far this season.” Summerside Storm media release
It was the Storm's sixth loss in their last seven games after starting the season 4-0 (won-lost).
The Storm enters Sunday’s game with a 3-1 home record, and the team is looking for strong support from its fans.
“Storm fans have been very boisterous this season, and they have helped the Storm come back in a couple of home games,” continued the media release. “Storm players seem to feed off a this type of crowd, and tomorrow (Sunday) is an important game for the team to get back on track against the Atlantic Division leaders.”