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The Island Storm storm toward the end of the National Basketball League of Canada regular season with key division games today and Monday at home, and a road battle Sunday.
Today, the Storm (19-14) host the Moncton Miracles (12-22), at 7 p.m., at Eastlink Centre, then travel to Halifax, N.S., on Sunday to face the Halifax Rainmen (7-26).
Monday is an Islander Day special as the Storm host the Atlantic Division-leading Saint John Mills Rats (20-13) in the Storm's last home game of the regular season.
Game time is 2 p.m. at the Link.
The Storm is riding a two-game winning streak and has won eight of its last nine games to haul itself back into contention for the division crown. Winner of the Atlantic gets home court advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Moncton isn’t an easy out, however, despite losing six of its last 10 games. The Miracles lead the season series with the Storm 5-4, but have gone 1-3 at the Link. It’s the last regular season meeting this year.
Sunday, the Storm play its second to last game versus the Rainmen. The teams finish off the regular season Thursday, Feb. 27, in Halifax after road games against the Central Division Feb. 22, 24-25.
The Storm leads the series against Halifax 6-2, including three straight victories.
The Islander Day contest versus Saint John is the last time the Storm meet the Mill Rats, and it could be for the division title.
The Island squad has downed the Mill Rats in six-of-nine games, including a 3-1 mark at home.
But Saint john has won six of its last 10 games and boast guard Anthony Anderson the NBL's leading scorer at 24 points per game.
Forward Antonio Ballard leads the Storm at 22.44 points per game and is third in league scoring. He also tops the Storm rebounding list at just under 10 boards per game.
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