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Storm, Pan­thers bas­ket­ball teams at home tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Univer­sity Har­ness rac­ing WOMEN’SHOCKEY Fred MacDon­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

The Is­land Storm of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League of Canada meets the Ni­a­gara River Lions to­day at 7 p.m. at the Eastlink Cen­tre in the se­cond of two week­end games that should be a good test for the Char­lot­te­town­based club.

Fri­day ex-Storm stand­outs Bran­don Robin­son and Adrian Moss were back in town and from the talk at sports wa­ter­ing holes around the city, I ex­pected the big­gest crowd of the sea­son.

Ni­a­gara is an in­ter­est­ing club and new to P.E.I. but it boasts stars like ex-Storm point guard Sammy Zeglin­ski, who is av­er­ag­ing 18 points per game plus stand­outs Mar­cus Lewis and Lo­gan Stutz.

The Storm has a solid club with pop­u­lar re­turnees Mike Martin, Nick Evans, Alex DesRoches from Monc­ton plus highly touted new­com­ers Terry Thomas, Brent Jen­nings and Mal­colm Grant. Thomas, who had 21 points Sun­day is a for­mer star with St. F.X. from East Pre­ston, N.S. He trans­ferred from X to the Ottawa Gee Gees, where he was a se­cond-team Cana­dian In­teruni­ver­sity Sport (CIS) all­star, so he’ll be worth watch­ing.

The UPEI men’s bas­ket­ball Pan­thers are among the top teams in the At­lantic con­fer­ence. They also have a stand­out from Hal­i­fax in Tyler Scott, last year’s CIS se­cond-team all-star, who will be in ac­tion tonight against Aca­dia.

In de­feat­ing arch-ri­val Saint Mary’s here last week, Scott was sim­ply out­stand­ing, scor­ing at will to the tune of 34 points.

Coach Tim Ken­drick has put to­gether a team with size and depth in­clud­ing a cou­ple of im­pres­sive rookie guards in Zach Ush­er­wood and Amin Suleman. Tal­ented Brad States is av­er­ag­ing al­most 20 points per game and how about the trio of big boys Dut Dut, Milo Sed­lare­vic and new­comer six-foot-eight Jonathan Hov­ingh, who all im­pressed in the 22-point drub­bing of SMU.

The Aca­dia Ax­e­men handed the Pan­thers two de­feats in Wolfville, N.S., be­fore Christ­mas, so this is a big game. The teams played Fri­day and both men and women are at it again tonight at 6 and 8 p.m. at UPEI.

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders are on the road tonight in Monc­ton to play the Wild­cats be­fore re­turn­ing home Sun­day against the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads in Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League play.

The Is­lan­ders need a big se­cond-half surge to climb into a more favourable play­off pair­ing.

In other lo­cal hockey news, Jimmy Cullen, who starred here with the Old Spain Pen­guins Ju­niors with guys like Vince Mulligan and Stan Pear­don in 1960 and who played with the St. Mikes Buzzers in the early 1960s, is back home per­ma­nently.

Cullen’s team­mates at St. Michael’s in­cluded stars like Mike Cor­bett, Mike Wal­ton, Gary Di­neen and Jim Keon.

Jimmy moved to Wind­sor, Ont., and was the sports editor at the Wind­sor Star for 35 years. It was great to see Jimmy and his sis­ter Lynn this past week.

Live har­ness rac­ing con­tin­ues to­day at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park with a 13-dash card.

The $2,350 open mares has a field of seven with Best Risque and Sam on the out­side.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Bill An­drew of Merid­ian Farms on be­ing named the win­ner of the Cam Fella Award for his tire­less sup­port of har­ness rac­ing through­out Canada.

At Wood­bine tonight, Dave Ratch­ford’s Ms MacN Cheese is en­tered in the $30,000 open mares class.

At Yonkers, Melmerby Beach, Aslan and Phil Your Boots look the best in the $32,000 pre­ferred class while at the Mead­ow­lands, Atta Boy Dan, who was se­cond in the Cup and Saucer, and Doc­tor Butch will be tough­est in the $25,000 top class.

At Pom­pano Park, Florida, Serge Savard’s Arthur Blue Chip (Wally Hen­nessey) has Post 6 in the $12,000 open pace.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

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