Desroches com­ing back

Storm re­lease Rush, Cook as fine-tun­ing of ros­ter con­tin­ues

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Is­land Storm signed six­foot-four shoot­ing guard Alex Desroches on Mon­day and re­leased for­wards Billy Rush and Lovell Cook.

Desroches, a Dieppe, N.B., na­tive who spent the sum­mer and fall play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally in Aus­tralia, re­turns for his se­cond stint with the Storm.

He av­er­aged five points, three re­bounds, and shot 61 per cent from the field in 12.5 min­utes per game last year.

“He was a great piece for us last year, and some­one we were hop­ing to bring back at the start of this sea­son," said Storm head coach Joe Salerno. “His en­ergy is con­ta­gious and he brings the same work ethic day in and day out.”

The Storm also ac­ti­vated Brent Jen­nings from the in­jured re­serve list. He's ex­pected to play Fri­day ver­sus Wind­sor at the Eastlink Cen­tre at 7 p.m.

Rush had av­er­aged eight points in seven games with the Storm this sea­son, while Cook scored 10 points per game in three con­tests.

Salerno called re­leas­ing Rush a tough de­ci­sion.

"He is a very good player, and a great per­son, but we felt it was time to make some changes,” he said. “We cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate all the Billy has done for us both on the floor and in the com­mu­nity ad wish him all the best in his fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

Alex Desroches makes a pass dur­ing prac­tice last sea­son with the Is­land Storm.


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