Storm looks to bounce back

Jason Simmonds
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After blowing big lead on Sunday

SUMMERSIDE – It didn’t take the Summerside Storm long to get back to work after blowing a 20-point halftime lead on Sunday in a 117-114 home-court loss to the Oshawa Power.

Omari Johnson of the Summerside Storm gets a shot off over the attempted block of the Oshawa Power's Jushay Rockett during Sunday afternoon's National Basketball League of Canada game at Eastlink Arena. Oshawa won the game 117-114.

“We had a real good, hard practice yesterday (Monday) coming off that loss on Sunday,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno on Tuesday afternoon. “I thought the best thing for us was to get back in the gym on Monday, and get after it.

“I thought the guys responded well to it.”

The Storm will look to get back in the win column when the two division leaders in the National Basketball League of Canada go head-to-head at Eastlink Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Storm, leaders of the Atlantic Division at 15-9 (won-lost), will host the league-leading London Lightning of the Central Division. Just how good has the Lightning been this season?

How’s a 23-2 record sound?

“They have a lot of familiar faces from last season, and also a lot of familiar faces I have seen the last three years or so,” said Salerno. “They’re deep and certainly the most mature ball club in the league.

“They have an awful lot of veterans who really understand how to play the game. We certainly have to be on top of our game, but they’ll be tough. They’ll be as tough of a test as we’ve had.”

“We had a real good, hard practice yesterday (Monday) coming off that loss on Sunday. I thought the best thing for us was to get back in the gym on Monday, and get after it. I thought the guys responded well to it.” Storm head coach Joe Salerno

It will mark the first of four regular-season meetings between the two teams.

“We started watching film on London last night (Monday) after practice, and I think the guys are focused and confident we can play well,” said Salerno. “It’s a game we think we can win, and we certainly want to get back on track.”

The Storm is right back on the court at Eastlink Arena on Friday night, when the Halifax Rainmen visit for a 7 p.m. start. The Storm will then conclude a stretch of three games in four days by making a return trip to the Halifax Metro Centre to close out the home-and-home series with the Rainmen.

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