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Jason Simmonds
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Storm, Express last played each other in December

SUMMERSIDE – No doubt both the Summerside Storm and Windsor Express are relying heavily on video to prepare for the upcoming National Basketball League of Canada playoff series.

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The two teams, who open the best-of-five semifinal series at Eastlink Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m., have not played each since early December.

“They (Express) are really similar to us,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “Their roster has completely changed around (since the teams last faced each other).

“They have made an awful lot of good moves this season in putting together the roster they have to compete in the playoffs. We have some good film on a few of their most recent games against good teams such as London and Saint John.”

Historical component

Game 1 will mark the Storm’s first-ever playoff game in the franchise’s two-year existence.

“For the franchise, it’s huge,” said Salerno. “We had set three goals as an organization this year – raising over $50,000 for P.E.I. charities, some goals financially and of course making the playoffs.

“It’s exciting for us and exciting to have two to potentially five or six more games at Credit Union Place over the playoffs.”

“They (Express) are really similar to us,” said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “Their roster has completely changed around (since the teams last faced each other). They have made an awful lot of good moves this season in putting together the roster they have to compete in the playoffs. We have some film on a few of their most recent games against good teams such as London and Saint John.” Storm head coach Joe Salerno

The Storm and Express split the four regular-season meetings, with each team winning once at home and on the road. Now the league’s two hottest teams, who both closed out the regular season on seven-game winning streaks, go head-to-head. Five of those Storm wins came in a season-ending homestand.

“It’s going to be great,” said Salerno. “The last week and a half, two weeks, with some of the games that we’ve had and how some of those games have gone, I don’t think you could ask for more exciting basketball.”

The Storm won the Atlantic Division with a 26-14 (won-record) while the Express charged to a second-place finish in the Central Division at 22-18.

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Organizations: Credit Union Place

Geographic location: London, Saint John, P.E.I.

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