Island squad trying to gain wins to get into third place in division
The Storm (10-17) travels to the Nova Scotia capital for the first of two games in as many days with the Hurricanes (19-8), the National Basketball League (NBL) of Canada's top team. The teams play in Charlottetown on Monday. Both games start at 2 p.m.
"Anytime you play them it's certainly a good test," Storm head coach Joe Salerno said on Friday.
The Storm is 0-4 in Halifax and 1-2 when hosting the Hurricanes.
"I think Halifax has the best collection of big guys in the NBL," Salerno said.
It includes Mike Glover, Kyle Hunt and Billy White.
The Storm's lone win against Halifax came March 4 in Charlottetown with a 108-106 victory.
"I think Chad Posthumus did a nice job on Mike Glover. He kind of neutralized him for that game," Salerno recalled.
While a lot of people focus on Halifax's big guys, Salerno said, its backcourt with Shane Gibson, Justin Johnson and Clifford Clinkscales is "tremendous."
The Storm is 4-4 in its last eight games. Since the end of January it has talked about building towards playing its best ball in April, which is days away.
This week Salerno said they have talked about playing consistent and with a level head for 48 minutes.
The team has 13 games remaining in the regular season, including seven at home. Its goal now is to get ahead of Moncton and into third place in the Atlantic Division.
Storm guard Morgan Lewis missed some practice time this week with a groin injury. Salerno said some guys are banged up but the team is mostly healthy.
The head coach said he has been pleased with the play of forward Tirrell Baines during the past six games.
A look at the Island Storm's games this season in Halifax.
Halifax 100 Island 95
Halifax 90 Island 88
Halifax 105 Island 85
Halifax 107 Island 99