Saint John came out strong in the first quarter, grabbing an early 19-11 lead behind some dazzling transition plays by Aquille Carr and a strong inside game by Kenny Jones. They ended with a 29-23 first quarter lead The Storm then went on 12-4 run to gain a 2 point advantage before the Mill Rats rallied an regained a halftime advantage of 49-47.
The Mill Rats maintained a narrow single digit lead throughout the fourth quarter before the Storm managed to tie the game at 90-90. Tyrone Levett’s shot was blocked but he managed to throw the miss back in to beat the shot clock and give Saint John a 92-90 lead with 40 seconds left. P.E.I. missed and were forced to foul Kenny Jones who hit two free throws for a 4 point lead. After a score the Storm regained the ball for a final shot as time expired, but Mike Williams free throw line jumper missed left, and preserved the win for Saint John. “This was a great game to win,” said Mill Rats Head Coach Julian King. “Not every went our way, we missed some easy shots and faced adversity, but guys stuck together and pulled it out.”
Kenny Jones was a monster inside scoring 26 points on 10-16 shooting. Aquille Carr scored 22 to go with 4 assists and 4 steals. Tyrone Levett added 19, Anthony Anderson 14 points and14 assists, and Eric Crookshank scored 8 points. Mike Williams led the Storm with 19.
Saint John improves to 2-1 on the season, while the Island Storm falls to 1-2.
The Mill Rats next head to Halifax on Sunday November 16th to face the Rainmen, and then head out to Ontario for games on the 20th and 21st against the Mississauga Power and the Brampton A’s. They are back in action at home next on Sunday November 23rd at Harbour Station at 2PM in a rematch against the Storm.
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