Storm players receive honours

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Brandon Robinson of the Summerside Storm looks to make a move around defender Melvin Council of the Saint John Mill Rats during first-half action of Tuesday night’s National Basketball League of Canada game at Eastlink Arena.

SUMMERSIDE - The Summerside Storm season came to an end over a week ago, but some players are still receiving honours and recognition from the league.

On Monday the National Basketball League of Canada compiled their 'All NBL Teams' that featured three players from the Storm.

Storm guard Brandon Robinson received the highest praise being selected to the first team. His teammates Antonio Ballard and Al Stewart were both selected to the third team.

Robinson had a breakout season with Summerside averaging close to 21 points per contest to go along with seven rebounds and three assists each game.

He was acquired from Halifax early in the season after a failed trade attempt between the two teams. He was released by the Rainmen and signed with Summerside days later.

Robinson joins Darren Duncan of Windsor, Ont.; Devin Sweetney of Moncton, N.B.; Elvin Mims of London, Ont.; and Isaac Butts of Moncton on the NBL First Team.

Stewart and Ballard also had memorable seasons, which landed them a spot on the third team.

Ballard, joining the team as a rookie, put up big numbers on the glass, averaging second highest in the league with over 10 rebounds a contest.

During a February road game in Montreal, Ballard came down awkwardly on his foot causing an injury, which resulted in his missing the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. When he was finally cleared to play in the NBL All-Star Game, he exploded for 28 points and 11 rebounds.

After winning back-to-back defensive player of the year awards, Stewart picks up his first All NBL team honours after leading his team to the postseason. After announcing he would leave the team to accept a teaching position in Chicago, team owners decided to leave him on the active roster so he would be available to return for postseason play and the all-star game. Stewart finished the year averaging 6.5 assists and just shy of two steals per game.

Ballard and Stewart join Nick Okorie of Oshawa, Ont.; Chris Commons of Windsor; and Joey Haywood of Halifax on the third team.

The NBL second team is comprised of Anthony Anderson, Saint John, N.B., Jerice Crouch, Saint John; Tim Ellis, London; Quinnel Brown, Halifax; and Marvin Phillips, London.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Rainmen, NBL First Team

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Halifax, Windsor Moncton London, Ont. Saint John Montreal London Chicago Oshawa

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  • keith rowley
    April 22, 2013 - 20:36

    who picks these allstars anyway.......Omari Johnson is three times the player Commons and Haywood are. Johnson and Robinson carried the team down the stretch.......