SAINT JOHN, NB – Fresh off a win over the Moncton Miracles to snap a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night, the Saint John Riptide faced off against another tough divisional opponent in the Island Storm. The good news was that Gabe Freeman was back in the lineup after serving his five-game suspension.
The Riptide started off the game with a bang going on a 25-2 run to start things off in the first quarter. Darin Mency, in front of his family who were in town to cheer him on, got eight points early helping the Riptide put it out of reach for the Storm right from the get-go. When the first quarter was all said and done, the home side lead 36-15.
It only got worse for the visiting Storm squad as they just could not find a way to catch up. The Riptide made some big defensive stops and converted them into scores at the other end to widen their lead before halftime. At the break the Riptide were in front by a 27-point margin, 69-42.
The third quarter was the only one where the Storm managed to get something going as they outscored the Riptide 32-30. However, their deficit was still 25 points going into the fourth quarter, 99-74. In the fourth quarter Saint John kept the pedal to the metal and secured their second straight victory at Harbour Station. A 26-point performance in the final 12 minutes pushed the score to 125-99 at the buzzer.
Haakim Johnson lead all scorers with 32 points and nine rebounds while Darin Mency put in a big night for the second night in a row finishing with 25 points. Gabe Freeman had 18 in his return and Brian Addison posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 boards. Al Stewart was the Storm’s leader with 19 points.