CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – And now onto the playoffs.
In a game with no impact on the standings, the Saint John Riptide finished the National Basketball League of Canada regular season with a 128-98 loss to the Island Storm on Sunday.
Destined to finish in fourth in the Atlantic Division, and awaiting a first-round matchup with the 23-17 Moncton Magic, Saint John faded in the second half against the Storm and finish the regular season with a 17-23 record.
Darnell Landon had the biggest scoring game of his NBLC career, leading Saint John with 25 points. He connected on 6-7 three-point attempts.
Kemy Osse added 18 while Randy Phillips scored 17.
Riptide coach Nelson Terroba decided to sit his two leading scorers for Sunday’s regular season finale – T.J. Maston, averaging 19.4 points per game, and Frank Bartley (19.3 ppg).
Guillaume Bouchard topped the Storm’s scoring chart with 21. Teammates Malik Story and Robbie Robinson each added 17.
The Storm started the third quarter on a 25-5 run and opened up a 94-72 lead heading into the final quarter of the regular season. The contest was knotted at 56-56 at the half. Saint John led 29-27 after one quarter.
The ‘Tide begin their opening round playoff series on Friday versus the Magic in Moncton.
The best-of-five series continues in the Hub City on Sunday afternoon before switching to Saint John on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
Game 4, if necessary, is set for April 11 at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. Gave 5, if needed, is slated for April 14 in Moncton.