(Halifax, NS) The Five took the court in Halifax Sunday afternoon, with a long road ahead of them.
The team was beginning a six-game road trip, the longest of the season for the National Basketball League of Canada’s expansion franchise. In their second East Coast swing, the Five were to start their trip off in Halifax before heading to Saint John and Cape Breton to close out the week. An afternoon game in London on the way back, and two road games against the KW Titans would close out the road trip for the Five.
Both teams got off to a quick start, with either side hitting timely shots to keep them both within striking distance. The Hurricanes were led by the determined duo of Mike Poole and Chadrack Lufile. The duo combined for 15 of the team’s 29 points in the quarter. The Five offense struggled in the first, with no player collecting more than four points in the frame. The league’s highest scoring offense struggled, shooting 35.3% from the field and 14.3% from three-point range. After the first the Five were down 13, 29-16.
The Five offense came alive in the second. After a quiet first quarter, guard Jaylen Bland caught fire from behind the arc. The first year NBL Canada guard scored all nine of his second quarter points from behind the arc, fueling the Five to 28 points in the second. Unfortunately for the Five, the offense for the Hurricanes continued to stay red hot. Led by Joel Kindred’s eight points off the bench, the Hurricanes scored 33 in the second. After 24 minutes the Five trailed by 18, 62- 44.
After a strong first half, the Hurricanes still had lots to give. The ‘Canes benefitted from a sharp shooting offense, shooting 68.2% from the field. Terry Thomas’ 13 points led all players in the quarter. The Five once again relied on guard Jaylen Bland to carry the team’s offense. The Saginaw, MI native scored a team high 12 points in the second, with no other Sudbury player scoring more than four. The Hurricanes widened their lead, and cruised into the final frame up 30, 99-69.
Moving into the fourth quarter, the Five were looking to finish on a high note, taking some positives into their next contest against the Saint John Riptide. Isaiah ‘Big Dog’ Johnson had a strong finish to the game, scoring nine points in the fourth on near perfect shooting. Head Coach and General Manager Logan Stutz turned to his bench in the fourth, looking for a spark from guards Antoine Chandler, Georges Serresse, and Devin Gilligan. The insurmountable Hurricane lead was too much for the Five, leading to the team’s fourth straight loss, 122-93.
The Five now travel to New Brunswick to take on the Saint John Riptide Wednesday night. Fans can watch the game live on NBLC LIVE (www.nblclive.ca).