In front of 1140 fans at Laval University in Quebec City on Sunday afternoon the Summerside Storm were outwitted by a blistering performance from the Quebec Kebs. After six periods of thrilling NBL action the game finally concluded with a score of 145-136 for the Kebs.
The first half was controlled by Quebec, their hot shooting was the essential reason that they held a 63-52 lead at halftime.
The Storm were clearly ready to put the first half behind them when the second half began, they bulldozed all over Quebec in the third, out scoring them 32-16, that gave Summerside a 84-79 at the end of the third.
The forth quarter right up until the final three minutes in the second overtime was an exchange of blows for both teams. With very little defence both teams were virtually able to score every time down the court. The score remained very close for the final 22 minutes of the game, due to the dynamite offence. In the final few minutes of the double overtime Quebec finally decided to play defence and it really paid off; Summerside was thrown off guard and didn’t an answer for it, Quebec’s defence held the Storm to only seven points in the OT period and was the reason they won the game.
Storm coach Joe Salerno couldn’t have asked for more balanced scoring attack; eight of his eleven players scored in double digits, which was led by Xavier Hansbro and Troy Jackson each with 20, and Al Stewart was being generous all night handing out twelve dimes.
Quebec was led by their best scorer Ralphy Holmes with 28, Ricky Volcy had 21 and center Aaron Spears scored 20.
The Storm play next at home, January 20th at 7:30pm against the Oshawa Power, it’s their date for Cure on the Court, a breast cancer fundraiser, fans are encouraged to wear pink!