Adrian Moss, from left, Antwi Atuahene, and Jeremy Williams came to the Island Storm this season after playing for the London Lightning.
Adrian Moss, Antwi Atuahene and Jeremy Williams played for the London Lightning
It could be a blustery reunion for three members of the Island Storm when the London Lightning touch down tonight at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.
Start time for the National Basketball League of Canada showdown is
7 p.m., and it’s the first rematch this season of last year’s championship series won by London in four games.
Adrian Moss, Antwi Atuahene and Jeremy Williams were all on the London squad, but this year circumstances brought the trio to P.E.I., the latest being NBL all-star guard Atuahene, who arrived late last month after being released by
Williams, a six-foot-seven power forward, arrived after big man Antoine Tisby left the club in early December, and Williams isn’t holding grudges, although he admits it could be a special game.
“No hard feelings. It will be another hard fought game we need dearly. Everybody will be out to do their best. I feel like everybody has something to prove,” said Williams after practice Friday. “It’s the Storm against the Lightning. May the best team win.”
Moss, the first of the threesome to sign with the Storm, has fit in with his new club scoring 13 points a game and dishing over four assists per contest.
Moss is more worried about the Storm (11-10), loser of four of its last five games, settling into a winning streak than facing his ex-mates.
“We need to get back on the winning track. It’s another game, a significant game. A good test for us to see where we are. The rest is a distraction,” said Moss. “We are where we are. We’re a game over .500, but I feel like we’re the best team in the league.”
No revenge feelings at all. (I’m here) to help our team win ball games, hopefully start peaking at the right time. Island Storm’s Antwi Atuahene
The Storm has been busy concocting the right brew of players for a playoff run. Only five players of the 12-man opening day roster remain with the team.
And like the holdovers (Doug McKinney, Al Stewart, Dwayne Smith, Antonio Ballard, Shawn Vanzant), Moss has seen several roster changes since he landed in P.E.I.
The latest came Friday when the Storm shipped guard Greg Plummer to Mississauga for all-star guard Nick Okorie.
But Moss dismisses the idea there isn’t time for the Storm to gel. Eighteen games remain in the regular season for the Island squad.
“There’s a whole half a season left. It’s two-thirds of a college season. And there’s playoffs. Plenty of time,” said Moss. “We’re familiar with each other. At the end of the day we’re basketball players and our job is to win games.”
Like his former Lightning teammates, Atuahene isn’t focused on the past.
“No revenge feelings
at all,” said Atuahene.
“(I’m here) to help our team win ball games, hopefully start peaking at the right time.”
Storm head coach Joe Salerno is out for tonight’s game because of a one-game league suspension.
He returns Sunday when the Storm travels to Halifax to play the Rainmen (3-20). Game time is 2 p.m.