Summerside squad begins two-week stretch away from home tonight in Saint John
The Summerside Storm's Avery Smith plans out his next move during a recent home game against the Montreal Jazz at Eastlink Arena. - Journal Pioneer file photo
SUMMERSIDE - The Summerside Storm is on the road for the next two weeks, starting with a game tonight against the Saint John Mill Rats.
The Storm split their games against the Mill Rats so far this season, having pulled off two wins earlier in the year, but dropping two of the more recent matches.
They're a dangerous team, said Storm head coach Joe Salerno.
"It's a tough game. I think Saint John is one of the toughest opponents in our division, just for the fact that they're so dangerous from the perimeter,'' said Salerno.
"They've been shooting the ball better than anyone in the NBL for the last month or so really."
The Storm has to contest shots on the perimeter and shore up its defence if it wants to compete, he added.
"If we can do those things. Get out there and defend how we have been . . . I feel pretty good about it. But they're a dangerous team . . . and we just have to be able to account for that," he said.
Salerno says he's pleased with the progress of the Storm's newest member Omari Johnson.
He's only played two games with Summerside but he's showing steady progress in integrating into the team, says Salerno.
"His production has been good as far as the stat sheet goes. But he's still a little ways away really picking up all of our defensive concepts and, I think, feeling extremely comfortable in what we're trying to do," he said.
"But like I said, he's coming along and in another week or so and he should be up to par with everyone else."
The Storm will follow up its game tonight with another on Sunday against the Moncton Miracles, on Jan. 13 against the Montreal Jazz, and finally returning to the region for a rematch against the Mill Rats on Jan. 17.
The team's next home game is Jan. 18, when they will take on the Jazz.