Monday, October 27, 2014

2014-15 Island Storm Team Preview

Third times a charm, right? The Island Storm were eliminated for the second season in a row during the National Basketball League of Canada finals last season, against the Windsor Express. The Storm had one of the best seasons ever, but still couldn’t get the job done. Finishing third in the NBL Canada standings with a 32-25 record, leading Windsor 3-1 in the series only to fall behind and lose the next three.

Storm were explosive on the floor when it came to getting the job done and the ball in the basket. Ranked first in assists (1305) and scoring offense (105.474), and ranked number two when it came to the three point range (0.368).

Falling short when it came to 3-Pt Fg Defense (0.362), defensive rebounds (33.070), and last in Fg Pct Defense (0.460).

Off-Season Additions- Sammy Zeglinski (Virginia College), Myron Strong (UTEP), Johnny Mayhane (Tulane), Rashad Whack (Mount Saint Mary), Alex Desroches (UNB), Olu Famutimi (Arkansas), Davon Hayes (Ark-Pine Buffs), Renardo Sydney (Mississippi State), Adrian Moss (returning), Shawn Vanzant (returning), Brandon Robinson (returning), Jeremy Williams (returning), Louis Birdsong (returning), Dwayne Smith (returning), Doug Mckinney (returning), Nick Evans (returning) and Mike Williams (returning)

Canadian line-up in this season training camp consists of Dwayne Smith, Alex Desroches, Doug McKinney and Olu Famutimi.

Dwayne Smith and Doug McKinney are no strangers to the Storm, Smith is returning for his second season, while McKinney is returning for this fourth season.

Smith racked up some good numbers last season, coming up with an all-time game high of seventeen point against the Moncton Miracles and ranked number twenty-six for a total of twenty blocks in NBL standings. Mckinney started in 36 games, averaged 6.5 minutes and threw 75% from the free throw line.

Off-Season Losses- Antonio Ballard (Lugano Tigers, Switerland), Ed Jones (unsigned), Steve Tchiengang (Timba, Timis, Romania), Casey Love (unsigned), Al Stewart (London Lightning)


Leading scorer, Antonio Ballard’s absence this season is sure to make a dent with the Storm, Ballard ranked top in some of the best categories, including number one for scoring (1164) and averaged around 21.56 points per game. Ballard is currently signed with the Lugano Tigers in Switzerland.

Nick Okorie is another dent in the Storm line-up this season as he signed overseas to play in Demark. Okorie who came over from the Mississauga Power put up some big numbers for the Storm last season, ranked number three in the NBL Canada standings for total 3-Pt FG Made (130) and total scoring (1161). He started in 36 games for the Storm, averaged 33.6 minutes and shot an impressive 82.9% from the free throw line.

Seasoned veteran and team captain, Al Stewart will not be returning this year and has signed on for the 2014-15 season with the London Lightning.

Guards- Sammy Zeglinski, Adrian Moss, Myron Strong, Shawn Vanzant, Johnny Mayhane, Rashad Whack, Alex Desroches


Adrian Moss and Shawn Vanzant will be returning for their second season with the Storm while Alex Desroches will enter in to his second year in the NBL, first year with the Storm. Desroches, played with Moncton Miracles last season.

Sammy Zeglinski is a new prospect this year for the Island Storm. He played last season in Austria he shot 76.6 % from the free throw line, 31.5 from the three point range, and 54.4 % from the field.

Centres/Forwards- Olu Famutimi, Brandon Robinson, Jeremy Williams, Louis Birdsong, Dwayne Smith, Davon Hayes, Doug McKinney, Nick Evans, Mike Williams and Renardo Sydney


The Storm’s frontline is looking secure for the upcoming season with the return of Jeremy Williams, Dwayne Smith, Doug Mckinney, and Nick Evans. Making their way back again to the Storm for training are Brandon Robinson, and Louis Birdsong.

Robinson, is a seasoned veteran who has played for the Island Storm, Halifax Rainmen, Mississauga Power, and spent last season in Germany where he started in 30 games, averaged 29.5 minutes, and 18 points per game. He shot 68.6 from the free throw line, 29.8 from the three point range, and 51.1 % from the field.

Olu Famutimi is an impressive addition to the storm playing last season with the Halifax Rainmen. Famutimi put up some impressive numbers for the Rainmen, shot 80.3 from the free throw line, 28.8% from the free throw line, and 42.9 % from the field.

Coach- Joe Salerno

Salerno is entering in to his fourth year as head coach of the Island Storm and will hopefully be able to bring a team together this year that can make it to the finals and bring the Championship home.

Salerno still has cuts to make in the training camp and it will be interesting to see who makes it.

Schedule


Vs. Saint John Mill Rats
Thursday, Nov. 6th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Halifax Rainmen
Saturday, Nov. 8th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
@ Saint John Mill Rats
Sunday, Nov. 9th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Harbour Station, Saint John
@ Windsor Express
Thursday, Nov. 13th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
WFCU Centre, Windsor
@ London Lightning
Saturday, Nov. 15th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Budweiser Centre, London
@ Moncton Miracles
Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton
@ Saint John Mill Rats
Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Harbour Station, Saint John
@ Halifax Rainmen
Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Scotibank Centre, Halifax
Vs. Moncton Miracles
Thursday, Dec. 4th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Brampton A’s
Friday, Dec. 5th, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Saint John Mill Rats
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Halifax Rainmen
Sunday, Dec. 14th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
@ Moncton Miracles
Sunday, Dec. 20th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton
Vs. Moncton Miracles
Friday, Dec. 26th, 2014
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Saint John Mill Rats
Wednesday, Dec. 31st, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Halifax Rainmen
Saturday, Jan. 3rd, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Moncton Coliseum
Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton
@ Saint John Mill Rats
Thursday, Jan. 8th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Harbour Station, Saint John
Vs. Mississauga Power
Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Halifax Rainmen
Thursday, Jan. 15th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Windsor Express
Friday, Jan. 16th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Halifax Rainmen
Sunday, Jan. 18th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Scotiabank Centre, Halifax
Vs. Moncton Miracles
Sunday, Jan. 25th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Brampton A’s
Thursday, Jan. 29th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Powerade Centre, Brampton
@ Mississauga Power
Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Hershey Centre, Mississauga
Vs. Moncton Miracles
Saturday, Feb. 7th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
@ Moncton Miracles
Sunday, Feb. 8th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton
@ Saint John Mill Rats
Thursday, Feb. 12th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Harbour Station, Saint John
Vs. London Lightning
Monday, Feb. 16th, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Halifax Rainmen
Thursday, Feb. 19th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Saint John Mill Rats
Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 2015
2:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre
Vs. Halifax Rainmen
Thursday, Feb. 26th, 2015
7:00 P.M.
Eastlink Centre


Outlook


If there is any year for the Storm to finally be able to win the championship, this should be the year. Salerno has recruited some of the best players to training camp. He has some holes to fill from off-season losses, such as Nick Okorie and Antonio Ballard. The team needs high scorers and high-powered players to keep the ball in their possession.