Hurricanes survive late rally from Tiger Sharks to win 82 – 79; Series tied at 1 – 1

by Charleston Gladden

After a disappointing game 1 loss in San Pedro, Hurricanes regrouped and strategized in preparation for game 2 in their home court at the Civic Centre. From the tip Hurricanes opened up aggressively with their suffocating defense, but San Pedro was able to match their intensity. However due to San Pedro’s lack of speed to match the Hurricanes young quick core, they found themselves down double digits at the end of the first quarter, 25 – 15.  In the second quarter San Pedro utilized the size of Martevuius Adams to provide scoring down low in the post, but unfortunately still found themselves down at halftime, 45 – 38. Throughout the second half the Hurricanes kept their lead unreachable for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks; however, the lead was cut to a mere six points and was eventually tied at 66 with 7:02 remaining in the fourth quarter. As time was whining down, Hurricanes knew the stakes were high if they were to fall 0 – 2 in these finals and travelling to San Pedro the following day for game 3. As a result, Hurricanes executed their offense fluently and clamped their defense, thus giving them a victory and evening out these finals, finishing with a score of 82 – 79.

Akeem Watters earned Player of the Game honours leading Hurricanes with a team high 19 points and 5 rebounds with 2 steals. Brian White chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Shannon Fowler earned himself a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds along with 4 assists and 3 blocks. Martevuius Adams led San Pedro Tiger Sharks with a game high of 23 points and 9 rebounds. Francis Arana contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Ashton Edwards tallied 15 points and 4 assists coming off the bench.

Hurricanes CEO, Gilbert Gordon, commented on his team performance in game 2, “Our team did what we were supposed to do. Protect home court. The adjustments worked. We executed well and the ball was moving well. Overall, excellent performance by the team.” and General Manger, Paul Flowers, had this to say also, “we’re still not satisfied with the ball movement on offense, but we will clean that up for game 3.”

Hurricanes Brian White received a technical foul while Glencey Lopez suffered from a left ankle sprain at 4:24 of the 2nd quarter, and he will be a game time decision whether he’ll be active for game 3 in San Pedro.

Francis Arana fouled out playing 29 minutes while Gene Myvett and Martevuius Adams accumulated 4 fouls throughout their time playing and Tiger Sharks only held a small of one point in the first quarter.