The Storm, who trailed for most of the game, outscored the Halifax Rainmen 33-20 in the fourth quarter en route to victory in the National Basketball League of Canada contest before 2,159 fans at Eastlink Arena. The final score was 118-112.
Brandon Robinson and Omari Johnson continued to put up big offensive numbers for the Storm. Robinson sank a game-high 33 points while Johnson checked in with 28. Greg Plummer (14) and Josiah Turner (10) also scored in double digits for the Storm (24-14).
Akeem Wright led the Rainmen with 29 points, and Melvin Goins chipped in with 26.
Point guard Al Stewart, who has been the face of the Storm the last two years and was playing his final game in a Storm uniform as he heads back to Chicago on Monday to accept a full-time teaching position, was honoured by the Storm in a pre-game ceremony. The Storm named it ‘Al Stewart Day.’
Storm co-owner Duncan Shaw announced Stewart will remain on the team’s active roster for the rest of the season, making him eligible to be voted in by fans for the league all-star game in Saint John, N.B., in April. Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart made a presentation to Stewart on behalf of the city, and Shaw and Storm co-owner Darren MacKay presented Stewart with a framed Storm jersey.
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