CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – The third meeting of the season between the Island Storm and the Saint John Riptide took place Sunday afternoon at the Eastlink Centre. The Storm have a 2-1 edge in the season series with both sides having won the games on their respective home courts.
It was a tight contest early as these two divisional opponents went to battle. Saint John was playing their fourth game in five days while the Storm were coming off three days of rest. However, the Riptide kept pace with the home side early rattling off 32 points in the opening 12 minutes. The Storm unfortunately would counter with 34 points of their own to take a two point edge into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw the Storm start to widen their lead with Al Richter and Nick Okorie heating from beyond the arc. A turnover by the Storm with seven seconds to play in the quarter sent the Riptide down the court the other way and Gabe Freeman got the ball. He would miss a field goal attempt, gather his own rebound and put it back for two points at the buzzer, but the Storm remained in front 63-55 at the half.
Both sides went back and forth in the third quarter trading buckets throughout. Anthony Anderson continued what had already been a stellar outing for him and brought the Riptide to within striking distance going into the fourth quarter with the Storm still holding the lead 96-91. The fourth quarter started the same way the third ended with both sides just a couple points apart down the stretch. Saint John came to within one point off when Haakim Johnson knocked down two points at 10:42. However that was as close as they would get dropping this one to the Storm 130-121.
Anthony Anderson lead the way with 39 points and seven rebounds, while Gabe Freeman record his fifth double-double of the season finishing with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Okorie was the high man for the Storm posting 29 points and eight assists.