ST. FELIX – News and notes for the Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada:
© Jason Simmonds/Journal Pioneer
Al Stewart of the Summerside Storm goes in for a lay-up during a National Basketball League of Canada game at Eastlink Arena.
The Storm takes an 18-11 (won-lost) record in Sunday’s road game against the London Lightning (24-4). Reports are that, as of Wednesday, more than 3,500 tickets were already sold.
What Have You Done For Me Lately?
The Storm is 9-2 in their past 11 games.
The Storm is 4-1 in their past five games away from home.
The Storm is 1-0 against London this season, winning 119-97 at home on Jan. 24. It was the Storm’s first-ever win over London after going 0-6 last season.
Back on Jan. 6, the Storm was one away from the National Basketball League of Canada record of most consecutive games scoring at least 100 points. They had 10 straight leading into that game against the Miracles in Moncton. After winning 93-88, the Storm has run a second string of seven straight 100-or-more-point games. The Oshawa Power holds the league record with 11 straight.
Three players have played all 29 games with the Storm this season. They are Al Stewart (29 starts), Antonio Ballard (24 starts) and Brandon Hassell (16 starts).
Ballard On The Boards
Ballard is the only NBL of Canada player to average more than 10 rebounds (10.4) per game this season. Ballard is attempting to become the second player in league history to average a double-double after Gabe Freeman of London accomplished the feat last season. Ballard has a 14.8 scoring average to go with his 10.4 rebounds average.
Shooting The Lights Out
Ballard is one of only five players to average more than 50 per cent in shooting. Ballard is shooting 50.7 per cent.
Excellence At The Foul Line
Five Storm players are averaging over 80 per cent from the foul line. Nick Evans leads the way at 85.7 per cent. The others are Avery Smith (85.3 per cent - no longer with team), Greg Plummer (81.9 per cent), Stewart (81.7 per cent) and Brandon Robinson (81.3 per cent).
After 11 games, when the Storm was 5-6, the team averaged 96.4 points per games. The next seven games (4-3 record) featured the Storm scoring 108.1 points per game. In the last 11 games (9-2 record), they have scored 113.3 points per game.
Leaders Of The Pack
Several Storm players rank at or near the top in league statistics. Ballard leads the league in three categories. He has the most offensive rebounds per game (4.207), total rebounds per game (10.414) and total rebounds (302). Stewart is first in assists/turnovers ratio (3.551) and total steals (60). Hassell is third in offensive rebounds per game (3.000) while Plummer is third in total steals (53).
The Storm is top two in seven team statistical categories. They lead the league in offensive rebounds per game (17.931) and total rebound margin (+5.276). Summerside ranks second in the following categories – rebounds per game (54.690), scoring defence (99.310), three-pointers made per game (8.517), assists per game (21.793) and scoring margin (+6.310).
Stewart Can Score Also
Stewart, with seven points at Halifax on Jan. 27, became the first player to score over 700 points in a Storm uniform. Stewart now has 708 career points after adding six against the Montreal Jazz on Feb. 1.
Stewart needs 15 assists to become the second NBL of Canada player to reach 400 career assists. Stewart ranks second all time at 385 assists while Anthony Anderson of the Saint John Mill Rats sits first with 403 career helpers. Sixteen of Anderson’s 403 assists occurred in last year’s playoffs, so Stewart is only two back in regular-season assists.
Stewart has 295 career rebounds and needs five more to reach 300.
Robinson is first all-time with 1,266 points.
Ballard ranks fifth all-time with 15 double-doubles.
Plummer has attempted 397 field goals this season. With three more he will become the third Storm player with 400 or more shots attempted in one season.
With his 10 rebounds against Montreal in the last game, Ballard became the second Storm player to reach 300 rebounds in one season. He now has 302 boards, just 28 behind the franchise record-holder Mike Williams (330 rebounds last season).
The Storm is averaging 1,900 fans per game after 14 home games this season. Last season, Summerside was averaging 2,223 spectators after 14 home dates.