Missed free throw costs Storm
The host Halifax Hurricanes scored a 100-95 victory over the Island Storm Thursday in National Basketball League of Canada play at Scotiabank Centre.
The Hurricanes led 32-20 after the first quarter and 52-48 at the half, but went to the fourth down 76-74.
Mike Glover and Kyle Hunt paced the Hurricanes with 19 points while guard Joseph Bertrand chipped in 17 and eight rebounds.
Six-foot-seven forward Lovell Cook had 19 points in 22 minutes for the Storm after being signed on Thursday.
The New Orleans native played last season with the London Lions in the British Basketball League.
Mike Martin had 17 points and Nick Evans chipped in 13 and 10 boards for the Storm.
They out rebounded, had more steals and shot better from behind the three-point line than Halifax. But the visitors only hit 19 of 32 (59 per cent) free throws while Halifax was 20-for-26 (77 per cent).
The Hurricanes improved to 6-1 while the Storm is 2-4.
Paul Cooper and Brent Jennings were on the injured reserve while Brian Addison also didn’t play.
The Storm plays a two-game series with the Saint John Mill Rats (3-3) this weekend. It begins Saturday in Saint John, N.B., at 7 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. in Charlottetown.