Storm slows Express offence for home win

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Island Storm point guard Al Stewart goes up for a basket while being fouled by DeAndre Thomas of Windsor Express during a make up game at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Monday.

The Island Storm, spurred by Greg Plummer's three-point shot and rugged team defence, ripped off a 13-0 run midway through the fourth quarter and earned a tough 103-91 victory over the Windsor Express on Monday at Eastlink Centre.

With the win, the Storm moves to 8-6 in the National Basketball League of Canada and get back on a positive track after losing to Halifax on Saturday. Windsor drops to 11-6.

The game had been set for Sunday, but a Maritime-wide snowstorm forced the game to be moved to Monday.

Plummer, who finished with 21 points and 2-for-3 from the three-point arc, said it was a much-needed win against a physical Windsor team. Players injuries delayed the game several times, although none of the players remained out of the game, and most fouls, especially late, were hard.

"After losing in Halifax and (ending our three-game) winning streak the other night we wanted to bounce back and show we could still compete," said Plummer, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native. "That's (Windsor's) style of play. You have to play your best to beat them. They play physical and beat you up."  

Antonio Ballard finished with a game-high 26 points for the Storm, which led 29-24 after the first quarter and 51-42 at half. 

Express guard Stefan Bonneau, the league's leading scorer at almost 24 points per game, went for 23 points, including 3-for-5 from three-point land, while big man DeAndre Thomas had 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

The pair, along with Quinnel Brown (who had 18 points overall), chugged away and led the Express comeback in the third period as Windsor cut the lead to 74-72. 

Then in the fourth quarter, Windsor broke out with a 10-7 run capped by Papa Oppong's two-pointer and took an 82-81 lead.

But Plummer's three-pointer at 6:46 of the final frame changed the game's direction even if he said the shot was pure instinct.

"Nothing (went through my head) except for the fact Tone (Antonio Ballard) made an extra pass and I was wide open, and that doesn't happen often."

Ballard and Plummer each had seven rebounds. Storm guards Al Stewart and Adrian Moss had 16 and 13 points, respectively.

Next up, the Storm faces the Atlantic Division-leading Saint John Mill Rats (9-6) on Friday in Saint John, N.B. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

Instant Replay

A look at Monday's National Basketball League of Canada game at Eastlink Centre:

The Outcome - Island Storm 101 Windsor 91 

Top Three Scorers - Windsor: Stefan Bonneau, 23, DeAndre Thomas, 20, Quinnel Brown, 18; Island Storm - Antonio Ballard, 26, Greg Plummer, 21, Al Stewart, 16 points.

Top Three Rebounders - Windsor: DeAndre Thomas, 8, Quinnel Brown 6, Chris Commons, 5; Island Storm: Antonio Ballard, 7, Greg Plummer, 7, Semaj Inge, 6.

Three-Point Shooter - Windsor: Stefan Bonneau, 3-for-5; Island Storm: Greg Plummer, 2-for-3.

Most Assists - Windsor: Darren Duncan, 8; Island Storm: Adrian Moss, 5.

Free Throws - Windsor: Stefan Bonneau, 6-for-6; Island Storm: Antonio Ballard, 5-of-6.

Next Up - The Storm (8-6) faces the Atlantic Division-leading Saint John Mill Rats (9-6) on Friday in Saint John, N.B. Game time is 7 p.m.

By The Numbers

Field Goal Shooting - Windsor: 44 per cent, 35-of-79; Island Storm: 52 per cent, 38-of-73.

Three-Point Shooting - Windsor: 33 per cent, 7-of-21; Island Storm: 27 per cent, 4-of-15.

Free Throw Shooting - Windsor: 82 per cent, 14-of-17; Island Storm: 88 per cent, 23-of-26.

Turnovers - Windsor: 17; Island Storm: 17.

Bench Scoring - Windsor - 14; Island Storm - 29

Points Off Turnovers - Windsor, 19; Island Storm: 22.

50-50 Draw - $139.25.

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