Sudbury Five can’t weather Storm in P.E.I.

Braylon Rayson, right, of the Sudbury Five, drives to the basket against Russell Byrd, of the Island Storm, during basketball action at the Sudbury Community Arena in Sudbury, Ont. on Friday December 21, 2018. John Lappa/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

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This time, it was Sudbury Five who came out on the losing end of a high-scoring affair, falling 131-122 to the Island Storm at Eastlink Centre, Charlottetown on Friday night.

Sudbury fell to 3-4 this National Basketball League of Canada season despite 24 points from Jaylen Bland, 21 from Dexter Williams Jr., 19 from Braylon Rayson and 18 each from Marlon Johnson and Malcolm Duvivier.

Nathaniel Wright led the Island with 27 points, while Antwon Lillard poured in 23, Alex Campbell 22 and Robbie Robinson 21.

The Storm took a 33-28 lead after one quarter, but the Five battled back to outscore their hosts 33-28 in the second frame. The Island crew reasserted itself with a 29-26 advantage in the third, then held off a late charge by the locals in the fourth, outscoring Sudbury 31-30 down the stretch.

The Five lost despite out-rebounding their rivals 62-51. They were also more efficient from the field, shooting 46.9 per cent to the Storm’s 45.8, but P.E.I. had a decided advantage from three-point range, shooting 37.5 to Sudbury’s 23.8, and from the foul line, 91.3 to 74.1.

Following a lengthy road trip, the Five finally return home on Jan. 17, taking on the KW Titans at 7:05 p.m.

A rematch against the Storm follows on Jan. 19, with a start time of 2 p.m.

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