CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – With an impending blizzard on the way for the Atlantic provinces, two of the Atlantic division’s top teams did battle with another storm hitting the Eastlink Centre. The Island Storm were the hosts as the Saint John Riptide came to town for an afternoon tilt.
It was a back-and-forth affair as the two sides traded blows. Haakim Johnson came out firing from all angles dropping 10 points in the opening three minutes of the game. However, the Storm had an answer and were able to gain a three-point lead after the first quarter, 26-23.
Saint John responded in the second quarter as they looked to build some sort of lead on the road. After a quiet first quarter Anthony Anderson started to show why he is the NBL Canada’s all-time leading scorer. Double A found his stride and helped the Riptide to a 52-48 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Prince Edward Island squad regain control of the game as they scored over 30 points in the frame, something that neither side had managed to do up to this point of the game. Nick Okorie was the leader of the pack as the Storm took an eight point advantage into the fourth quarter, 84-76.
Things got interesting down the stretch as Saint John once again battled back. Anderson and Johnson continued their stellar nights to bring everyone in attendance and those watching at home to the edge of their seats. Thanks to a 37-point fourth quarter, the Riptide were down just two points with two seconds remaining and the ball in their hands. Johnson got the ball off the in-bound but his game-tying jumper found glass and out, giving the home side the win 115-113.
Anderson finished with a game-high 30 points to go along with five rebounds and 11 assists. Johnson had 26 points while Brian Addison grabbed 18 points and 14 rebounds making his first start of the season. Gabe Freeman also had 15 points and Jabs Newby had 10. Jahii Carson lead the way for the Island with 29 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.
Riptide big man Anthony Anderson did not dress in this afternoon’s game due to an upper-body injury.