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Storm Opening Weekend Approaches

November 12, 2018 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Island Storm News Release

After a long offseason it's finally Storm season again. Season tickets are still on sale, and single game tickets for this weekend are on sale now. Don't miss the Cape Breton Highlanders in town on Friday, November 16th at 7:00pm and the Saint John Riptide on Sunday, November 18th at 2:00pm. Tickets on sale at the Eastlink Center Box Office at Season ticket holders please come out to the PEI Brewing Company at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 13th to meet this year's Island Storm.

Opening weekend will be a big test for the Storm. The Highlanders look to be a much improved squad with the additions of veteran big man Kenny Jones and former Halifax Hurricane sharpshooter Taquan Zimmerman along with the return of last year's star Bruce Massey. Saint John comes to town led by the always dangerous Malcolm Miller. Miller led the team last year at 18.3 points per game, while shooting over 42% from 3 point range. Importantly for the Tide, head coach Nelson Terroba returns for his second season. A former G-League assistant, most NBL insiders feel that Coach Terroba did a great job last year as a young coach with a rebuilt roster.

The Storm's offseason goal was to put together a team with more size, more athleticism and better shooting. When injuries hit last year's team, the lack of outside shooting exposed a weakness other teams took advantage of. One of those injured was Tyler Scott. The former UPEI sharpshooter returns to the Storm to build on his solid rookie season where he averaged 8.7ppg. The Storm's other UPEI alum is Brad States, now the old man of the team in his 3rd season. Look for Brad to have a break out season this year. He's added strength through his summer workout program and is ready to establish himself as an elite forward in the NBL. Tyrell Baines returns to the Storm after a season away, and big man Carl Hall will join the team in December.

The Storm roster is rounded out with veteran pro's and high flying rookies looking to make a name for themselves in the NBL. The leader in the exhibition season was Sampson Carter, a 6'8" forward who was a high school MVP in Tennessee before spending 4 years at the University of Massachusetts. Sampson has played overseas, in the NBA G-league and with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Storm fans will love Sampson's complete game. An exceptional ball handler for someone his size, Sampson can score from the inside or outside, and is a natural leader on the court. A solid 3 point shooter with a complete range of post moves, Sampson is a natural fit for Coach Kendrick's high octane offense.

The Storm is going to use this newsletter to dive into some of the details of how the team comes together, and where the Storm finds these great athletes. Tell your friends that are true Storm fans to get the inside scoop they need to head to to sign up. See you all Friday night!!

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