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Adrian Moss, left, and Al Stewart are shown during a recent Island Storm practice in Charlottetown.
It’s a case of if you can beat them then join them for Island Storm point guard Adrian Moss.
Moss was a member of the London Lightning last season and paced the team to a four-game victory over the Storm in the National Basketball League of Canada best-of-five championship series.
Last month, Moss joined the Storm after London released him per his request.
“It is kind of weird, (but) I’m familiar with the team. I talked a lot to Mike Leslie (Storm assistant coach). In my opinion, it’s the best situation in the NBL, to be in position to win a (another) championship,” said Moss, now in his second season, after a recent Storm practice. “London is a great organization, but it just wasn’t for me anymore so I decided to move on.”
The Storm is 7-5 and second in the Atlantic Division behind the Saint John Mill Rats (9-5). Division-mate Halifax is 1-10 overall and last in the league.
So far, it’s been a good change. Moss had a game-high 33 points in a 108-107 win over Halifax, the Storm's opponent tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. in Halifax.
The Laval Kebs drafted Moss sixth overall last year then traded him to London where he averaged over 10 points and five assists per game with London, but hit for over 23 points per game against the Storm.
Leslie, for his part, agreed with his point guard about the familiarity factor.
“We saw him a lot last year and liked his game and thought he would be a good fit. You know how he plays, you know what he can do, what he brings to practice and how he makes other players better,” said Leslie.
Moss, from Centralia, Ill., played two years at NCAA Division 2 University of Indianapolis, where he averaged over 18 points and over five assists per game. He was also earned third team all-American and academic all-American honours.
With the Storm, Moss shares time with starting point guard Al Stewart, who’s second in the league in assists per game (7.42). But for Moss, it’s a Storm strength that the guards can dish out the rock to the frontline and set each other up for shots when they’re on the floor together.
“First of all, we’re both playmakers. (We’re) pass first guys,” said Moss.
And Leslie isn’t bothered by the two starting guard scenario either.
“It’s a nice luxury,” he said.
The Storm hosts the Windsor Express on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m. at Eastlink Centre.