FIN­ISH­ING STRONG

High­landers end sea­son with win over Storm

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The Cape Bre­ton High­landers wrapped up their in­au­gu­ral sea­son in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada with a win, de­feat­ing the vis­it­ing Is­land Storm of Charlot­te­town 104-102 at Cen­tre 200 on Sun­day.

Deronn Scott fired 29 points in the vic­tory, shoot­ing 11-for17 from the floor and knock­ing down a cou­ple of three-point­ers. He also added 11 as­sists and came close to com­plet­ing a triple-dou­ble with eight re­bounds.

Billy Rush fol­lowed with 27 points and 11 boards, while An­thony Walker scored 17. Clin­ton Springer chipped in 12 points and 10 re­bounds and Sefton Bar­rett rounded out the bal­anced at­tack with 11 points.

Al Ste­wart replied with a game-high 31 points and 10 re­bounds for the Storm. Al Richter net­ted 10, Sammy Zeglinksi scored 14 and Rashad Whack added 13. Mike Al­li­son chipped in 10 points.

At half­time, Cape Bre­ton

held at 59-45 leads.

The High­landers fin­ished the sea­son last in the five-team At­lantic Di­vi­sion with a 15-25

record. The Monc­ton Mir­a­cles had an iden­ti­cal record, but clinched a play­off berth by virtue of win­ning the sea­son se­ries

with Cape Bre­ton.

The Mir­a­cles will face the first-place Hal­i­fax Hur­ri­canes (27-13) in the best-of-five

open­ing round se­ries, while the sec­ond-place Saint John Rip­tide (22-18) play the third­place Storm (16-24).

In the league’s Cen­tral Di­vi­sion, the first-place London Light­ning (35-5) take on the fourth-place Orangeville A’s (16-24), while the sec­ond-place Windsor Ex­press (21-18) take on the third-place Kitch­ener-Water­loo Ti­tans (18-21).

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Deronn Scott of the Cape Bre­ton High­landers, left, tries to break past Al Ste­wart of the Is­land Storm dur­ing NBL of Canada play Sun­day at Cen­tre 200. The High­landers hung on for a 104-102 win.

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