Summerside posts 116-95 win Friday night
MONTREAL - The Summerside Storm showed no ill-effects of Thursday's 12-hour bus ride to Montreal.
The Storm defeated the Montreal Jazz 116-95 in a National Basketball League of Canada game on Friday night.
The Storm has won nine of their last 11 games, and is now 8-7 on the road.
Brandon Robinson scored 21 points, including 19 in the first half, to lead the balanced Storm attack, which also featured a 19-point performance from Antonio Ballard and a season-high 17-point effort from Nick Evans. Omari Johnson and Greg Plummer each contributed 16 points for the Storm, who improved their Atlantic Division-leading record to 18-11 (won-lost).
Ballard added 10 rebounds for another double-double.
Eric Frederick sank a game-high 34 points, and Chris Hagan poured in 24 to lead the Jazz (2-26).
Close first quarter
The game started off competitive as both teams chipped away at each other. The score at the end of the first quarter was 24-23 in favour of Summerside.
Summerside head coach Joe Salerno, who was named the league’s coach of the month for January earlier on Friday, seemed unhappy with the first-quarter play, and shook up the rotation that resulted in the Storm breaking out to a 38-point quarter.
Montreal could only score 15 points in the quarter, and went into halftime facing a 62-38 deficit.
The Jazz responded by playing their best quarter in the third. However, Montreal couldn’t crack the lead, and was still down by a sizable margin of 25 points at the end of the third period.
The Jazz didn’t quit and was able to outscore the Storm in the fourth quarter, 28-24.
The Storm’s next game is in London, Ont., against the league-leading Lightning on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Storm’s next home game is against the Moncton Miracles on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.