Missed free throw costs Storm

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.

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