Island Storm looking to close out first-round series

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Storm in Moncton tonight for Game 3 of best-of-five quarter-final

The Island Storm tries to sweep the Moncton Miracles tonight in National Basketball League of Canada playoff action.

The Storm, which leads the best-of-five quarter-final 2-0, knows it won’t be easy as it has won once in five trips to Moncton this season.

The good news for the Storm is a couple of key players are playing their best basketball of the season.

Jeremy Williams has scored 30 points in two games to go along with 23 rebounds. He is shooting 48 per cent from the floor and 55 per cent from beyond the three-point line.  

Centre Steve Tchiengang has scored 28 points in two games, grabbed 12 rebounds, and is shooting 58 per cent from the floor.

Meanwhile, Antonio Ballard and Nick Okorie just keep rolling. Ballard, a league MVP candidate, has scored 55 points in two games, has 27 rebounds, shooting 63 per cent from the floor and 82 per cent from the foul-line. Okorie has 39 points, 15 assists, shooting 48 per cent from the field and 85 per cent from the free-throw line.

For Moncton to be able to extend this series tonight they are going to more from their top scorer Johnny Mayhanne, who has 30 points in two playoff games.

The main reason for his below-average scoring has been Okorie’s defence.

Tonight’s game starts at 7 p.m. in Moncton and can be seen live by visiting the Storm website and following the links. Game 4, if needed, will be played Sunday at 2 p.m. in Moncton.

If a fifth game is required it will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. in Charlottetown.

Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada

Geographic location: Moncton, Charlottetown

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