Storm looks to tie NBL of Canada final series with London tonight on homecourt

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Summerside Storm’s Josiah Turner goes up for a shot in front of London Lightning defenders during Sunday’s National Basketball League of Canada playoff game in London, Ont.

By Brett Poirier

TC Media

SUMMERSIDE — The Summerside Storm is looking to even up its series with the London Lightning with a win tonight at Credit Union Place.

Game time is 7 p.m. at Eastlink Arena and fans are encouraged to wear white.

The five-game series started off poorly for Summerside, with a pair of losses in London making each subsequent game a must-win for the Storm in the  competitive National Basketball League of Canada final.

The Storm delivered in Game 3, with a 111-99 win over London, tightening up the series 2-1 (win-loss) for the Lightning.

Storm head coach Joe Salerno is preparing his guys for what he says is one of the biggest games of the season.

“With our back against the wall we have no more options, we have to win,” said Salerno. “We let two close ones sneak away in London and now we’re forced to win the rest.”

Summerside lost Games 1 and 2 by a combined total of eight points and realize they let them slip away.

Rookie guard Josiah Turner is disappointed his Storm team didn’t grab a win on the road but is optimistic with the situation.

“We let two slide off our fingertips but we can still win this series because we’re still confident and healthy. Some guys have never won anything this big and want it bad,” said Turner.

London has other plans and wants to end Summerside’s season as soon as possible.

Coach Micheal Ray Richardson said in order to do that they have to play their style of ball.

“We have to play our game, not theirs,” said Richardson. “They’re a good team with lots of scoring and speed. For us to win we have to break the tempo and keep the crowd quiet.”

Turner, who recorded 19 points and nine assists in Game 3, is looking to step up his play and get other guys involved.

“I’ve been playing good in this series but I know I can do more and that could start with finding guys for good looks and prevent turnovers.”

Organizations: London Lightning, Credit Union Place.Game, National Basketball League of Canada

Geographic location: London, Summerside, Canada

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