Class was in session on Tuesday morning as the KW Titans hosted the Island Storm for the third annual School Day Game inside the Aud.
The packed house with thousands of screaming school kids was enough to wake the neighbours up for the early matinee game.
The Titans got off to a hot start in what was almost a must-win situation after coming off of a five-game losing streak on the road. Titans’ newcomer Akeem Scott (18 points, five rebounds, eight assists) came out swinging in the first, racking up a quick nine points in the opening period. The home team ignited the crowd and looked to have put their struggles behind them as they locked in and controlled the pace of the game in the first 12 minutes of action.
But it was the second quarter where the Titans really caught fire. KW’s resident sharpshooter, Jared Nickens (23 points, 6 3PM) began to light it up from deep as he connected on three triples in the second alone. The Titans outscored the Storm by 14 in the quarter and went into halftime with a comfortable lead of 15 as they led the visitors 58-43 at the midway point.
The Titans displayed more of the same in the second half as they continued to run up the score. Akeem Ellis (19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) was his usual self as he stunned the fans with an acrobatic layup in the paint that extended KW’s lead to 20 points. Shortly after, some back-to-back threes from Ellis and Nickens had pushed that lead even further as the Titans now held an advantage over the Storm of 30 points.
KW kept their foot on the gas throughout the third and continued their offensive onslaught over the visitors as they went into the final 12 minutes with the scoreboard reading 98-68 for the Titans.
The fourth quarter saw the Storm fighting back with everything they had just to make the score respectable. The visitors gave it their all on the defensive side of the floor and really put the clamps on the Titans. However, the monster 30 point lead the Titans went into the fourth holding was just too large and proved to be insurmountable for the Storm.
Despite some late-game heroics from the Storm, the Titans went home with the win as they stopped the losing streak at five and defeated the Island Storm 116-104.
The ecstatic arena with nearly four thousand in attendance went home with smiles on their faces as KW now has the opportunity to start a winning streak in their next home game on Thursday against the Windsor Express.
Head coach Cavell Johnson was happy his team was able to turn it around in this big win.
“Today we dug deep, changed some things around in our approach to the game, executed our game plan for the most part fairly well and got started in the right direction,” Johnson said.
The Titans will look to build off of this win on Thursday as they host the Windsor Express at the Aud.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.