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Storm hits the road

February 16, 2005 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) - Great Lakes Storm News Release

Birch Run, MI (February 16, 2005) – The first place Great Lakes Storm play the first of five straight road games tonight as they visit the Michigan Mayhem. The Storm (23-15, 154.5) lead the Lightning (19-18, 131.0) in quarter-point average 4.1 to 3.5 as both teams wind down the regular season. The Storm are not only in position to clinch their first playoff berth in franchise history, they have a chance to obtain home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The road trip will not be easy as the Storm is dealing with some off-the-court issues that are making a few players unavailable. Jermaine Jackson will miss his second straight game due to illness as he did not make the trip to Muskegon. He recently won his third Player of the Week honor this season as he is averaging 20.1 points and 11.8 assists. Doug Smith is also unavailable while serving a four-game suspension for a post-game altercation with a Wizards player this past Sunday. Along with Trevor Huffman on the injured list, the Storm will play their second straight game with only seven active players. They were able to beat Idaho on Monday night 122-117 (6.0, 1.0) with balanced scoring as four players scored 20+ points in the game.

Despite the adversity, Coach Bergman still plans on winning every time the Storm takes the floor. “I told the players the other night after the loss to Dakota that we can either make excuses or we can win games, but we can’t do both.”

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The Storm’s next game is on Wednesday, February 16th on the road against the Michigan Mayhem. 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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