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2017 NBL Canada Playoffs Atlantic Division Finals Preview:HALIFAX HURRICANES VS ISLAND STORM
May 12, 2017
NBL Canada Media
HALIFAX HURRICANES (27-13, 1st in Atlantic Division) vs. ISLAND STORM (16-24, 3rd in Atlantic Division)
In the division semi-final round, the defending champs from Halifax swept aside the Moncton Miracles 3-0, out-scoring their opponents by a total of 50 points. The Storm, meanwhile, needed the full five games – plus two overtimes – to get past the higher-seeded Saint John Riptide.
This is the fourth straight year that the Hurricanes and Storm are squaring off in the NBLC playoffs. Island won the teams’ first post-season series, 4-2 in the 2014 Atlantic Division final, but Halifax has dominated the latest two meetings, winning 4-1 in the 2015 Atlantic final and 3-0 in the semi-final round en route to the NBLC title last year. Halifax went 6-2 head-to-head against the Storm this season, although Island took two of the teams’ last three meetings, including the most recent, a 115-114 overtime triumph on April 20 in Charlottetown.
HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES MATCH-UP
After posting a 3-17 away record during the regular season, the Storm went 2-1 in Saint John during their first round upset of the Riptide. They’ll need to continue such improved road play, as Halifax is a combined 16-6 at the Scotiabank Centre over the regular season and playoffs.
Halifax, which had six players average double-figures scoring during the regular season, came at the Miracles in waves; eight ‘Canes recorded at least 27 points total over the three games against Moncton, paced by CJ Washington and Billy White, with averages of 15.7 and 15.0 points, respectively. The NBLC's second-highest scoring team to this point, the Storm are led by Jahii Carson, who ranked third in the league during the regular season with 20.7 ppg before averaging 24.2 points in the series with Saint John while scoring at least 31 points in three of the five games.