Storm blow past Rainmen for overtime victory

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Nick Okorie knocked down six of his 19 points in overtime and led the Island Storm to a 107-95 win over the Halifax Rainmen in National Basketball League of Canada action Wednesday in Charlottetown.

Okorie also had three assists, one of which went to Ed Jones whose dunk made the score 98-93 in extra time and sent the Storm cruising to the victory. 

The Storm leads the best-of-seven Atlantic Division final 1-0. Game 2 is Sunday, at 2 p.m., at Eastlink Centre.

Versatile forward Jeremy Williams had 16 points and seven rebounds, several of those at clutch times, and helped the Storm erase a nine-point deficit with just under nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Much needed after leading scorer and rebounder Antonio Ballard went out with left wrist injury nine minutes into fourth quarter and didn't return.

Ballard netted 21 points, nabbed 14 boards and dished out six assists before his injury. Casey Love contributed 20 points for the Storm while point guard Adrian Moss, who played the entire fourth because of an ankle sprain to Al Stewart, had 10 points.

Stewart and Ballard are expected back for Sunday's game.

Halifax sniper Chris Matthews went for a game-high 31 points, including 5-of-10 from three-point land. Jason Williams added 20 points for Halifax while Brian Addison chipped in 14 points. 

Rainmen centre Tim Parham grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds while Halifax point man Clifford Clinkscales dished out a game-high 16 assists.

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Organizations: National Basketball League of Canada, Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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