In Storm’s road victory over Moncton
MONCTON – It was another National Basketball League of Canada record-setting performance by Summerside Storm guard Brandon Robinson in a 93-88 win over the Moncton Miracles on Sunday afternoon.
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Omari Johnson, 24, of the Summerside Storm and the Moncton Miracles’ Isaac Butts battle under the basket during Sunday afternoon’s National Basketball League of Canada game at the Moncton Coliseum. The Storm won the contest 93-88.
After becoming the first player in the two-year-old league to score over 1,000 points last week, Robinson broke the single-game points scoring record with 42, including some clutch shots when the Storm needed them the most en route to their fourth straight win.
With the teams tied 80-80 and four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Robinson proceeded to score nine of the Storm’s final 13 points. In the dying minutes, Robinson hit four consecutive foul shots, a three-pointer and two more clutch field goals.
"It was a great win for our team, and everyone helped out," said Robinson, who led the league in scoring with the Oshawa Power last season. "My teammates were able to find me and get me the ball in good position.
"It wasn’t just me or two or three guys. It was everyone. We share this win with everyone on the team."
In total, Robinson was 13-for-21 from the field and 12-for-13 from the foul line. The six-foot-five shooting guard was also second on the team with seven rebounds.
"It was a good game," Robinson said. "Moncton’s got a very good team, and they always play tough against us. It’s always physical.
"If that’s the way they want to play, we can play that way too."
Before 1,807 spectators at the Moncton Coliseum, the Storm came out of the gate hot, starting the game on a 9-2 run to force the Miracles to call an early timeout. Summerside continued to break down Moncton the remainder of the first quarter and took a 29-15 lead after the first 12 minutes, led by Will Manigat’s two three-point buckets in the final minutes of the period.
Moncton's scoring troubles were gone in the second quarter, and Summerside couldn't find the net. The Storm was outscored 26-13 in the quarter and only up 42-41 at halftime.
Summerside opened the third quarter strong, but fell behind on the scoreboard several times during the frame. They took a 68-64 lead into the fourth quarter.
After 10 minutes of back-and-fourth basketball, the Storm took over the game in the final two minutes of regulation.
Moncton lost control of the basketball several times in the clutch, and Summerside was able to capitalize on its mistakes with transition buckets. With 0:03 seconds left on the clock, Robinson stepped to the free-throw line to ice the game for his team, and by hitting his first shot broke the league points record for a single game.
"It was a great win for our team, and everyone helped out. My teammates were able to find me and get me the ball in good position. It wasn’t just me or two or three guys. It was everyone. We share this win with everyone on the team." Storm guard Brandon Robinson
Robinson’s now averaging 23.4 points per game since joining the Storm nine games ago.
The Atlantic Division-leading Storm advanced to 13-9 (won-lost) on the season while third-place Moncton fell to 11-13.
Devin Sweetney did all he could for the Miracles with a 27-point effort. Moncton’s Darrell Wonge passed the 1,000-point mark in the game.
Greg Plummer was the Storm’s second-leading scorer with 12.
The Storm does not play again until Thursday, Jan. 17, in Saint John. The Storm’s next home game at Eastlink Arena is Friday, Jan. 18, against the Montreal Jazz at 7 p.m.
With files from the Moncton Times & Transcript
The Storm’s record goes to 13-9 (won-lost). The 13 wins surpasses the number they had all of last season when they finished 12-24.
The Storm is 8-3 in the past 11 games, 2-0 in 2013 and evened their away record at 6-6.
With Sunday’s 93-88 win at Moncton, the Storm stopped their streak of consecutive 100-plus games at 10. It is one short of the league record held by Oshawa Power last year.
Storm guard Al Stewart set a team record with seven steals, one shy of the league record held by Eddie Smith of the London Lightning.
With two offensive rebounds against the Miracles, Antonio Ballard became the second Storm player to reach 100 offensive rebounds in a season. He now trails Mike Williams (136) as the all-time Storm leader.
After three quarters, the Storm held a 68-64 lead to bring their record to 11-1 when leading after three quarters. They are 6-0 on the road.
It was the fourth straight win for the Storm, which ties a team record. They won the first four games this season.
The Storm improved to 5-2 against Moncton this season, and 8-5 all-time.
Courtesy of Harvey Mazerolle