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Injuries hit Storm hard

December 14, 2004 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Great Lakes Storm News Release

Birch Run, MI (December 14, 2004) – The good news first. The Great Lakes Storm is in first place a quarter of the way through the 2004-2005 CBA season. Now the bad news. The Storm has been riddled by injuries to several key players that have resulted in seven different starting lineups in 12 games so far this season.

The first major injury of the season came on opening night, when CBA veteran F Willie Simms broke the third metacarpal in his shooting hand. He is easily one of the best power forwards in the league, and is not expected back until around Christmas.

The next victim was G Trevor Huffman. Huffman initially had a partial shoulder separation on opening night. He played throught the pain and actually reaggravated his shoulder during the November 24th game at home against the Gary Steelheads. He traveled with the team to Idaho, but was unable to play in the two losses. He was placed on the Injured Reserve List and was placed on the active roster a week ago.

Next came G Ezra Williams, easily the brightest spot for the Storm so far this season. Williams is currently leading the league in scoring with 21.1 ppg. In a road loss at Muskegon, Michigan on December 3rd, Williams suffered a shoulder separation. After further examination, the doctors found that he actually had a cracked collar bone, placing him immediately on the Injured Reserve List for 4-6 weeks.

The latest victim has been F Jamel Gooding, who has a slight Achilles’ tear and sat out all three games this past weekend. Hopefully he will be ready to play on Thursday, but the coaching staff isn’t getting their hopes up.

“In 12 games this season we have had as many injuries as you would typically expect in a full 48-game season,” said Coach Bergman. “The positive way to look at it is that since we are having injuries early in the season, hopefully that means we will have fewer or no injuries in February and March when we are making a push for the playoffs. It has honestly made us a better team though as several players have been thrown into starting lineups and played quality minutes that normally would not. I am pleased to be in first place in spite of all the injuries and am looking forward to see what we can accomplish with a team at 100%.”

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The Storm’s next game is on Thursday, December 16th on the road against the Rockford Lightning. Great group ticket packages and mini-plans are now on sale for the 2004-05 season. For details call a Storm representative at (989) 624-4665.

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