In-front 4017 fans, the largest crowd pro-basketball has ever seen on PEI, the Summerside Storm took a hit by losing to the Quebec Kebs 123-114.
But Monday’s game was about more than just basketball. The Islanders Helping Islanders theme was strong throughout the crowd this afternoon, with the focus being on the Bring Bobby Jo Home Campaign. When the buckets were passed around, the crowd came up with $1554, this will be added to ticket sales from last week that were also sold in support of Bobbi Jo. There was a special cheque presentation to The Three Oaks High School basketball program for 50/50 funds raised so far, totally $4058, and the 50/50 take was also a record at $3559.
Back to the game. Quebec took advantage of Summerside’s reckless play early on, gaining a 6 point lead at the end of the first quarter, mainly due to Ralphy Holmes and Ricky Volcy combining for 20.
Around the half way point of the second quarter Summerside got their offence in order and took full control of the remaining six minutes of the quarter. By half time the Storm led 57-52 over Quebec.
The third quarter momentum was clearly in favour of the Quebec Kebs, Summerside was outscored by them 34-24 in the quarter.
In the highest scoring quarter of the game Summerisde couldn’t manage to get any stops late. With Summerside down double digits with only minutes remaining in the game their defence failed them and they were unable to take this one from Quebec.
Ralphy Holmes was just 2 assists away from a triple double Monday, scoring 32 and elevation for 11 boards; meanwhile, James “Boo” Jackson was getting it done for the Kebs, he scored 30 and secured 14 rebounds.
Summerside was led in scoring by Louie McCroskey with 23. Mike Williams had 12 rebounds and 18 points.
The Storm play next on March 2nd at home, 7:30pm, taking on The Oshawa Power. This will be the final home game for the Storm.
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