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Storm stretches streaks to 3

The Storm played as well as Ron Selesky had hoped. He simply hadn't figured on having to coach against them.

As Tampa Bay's director of player personnel in the offseason Selesky helped bring players such as Clif Dell, BJ Cohen, Kelvin Kinney and Gary Compton to the Storm.

On Saturday the first-year Buffalo coach had the misfortune of facing the team he helped to assemble. Selesky's acquisitions came back to haunt him, as the Storm overwhelmed the Destroyers 52-27 before 15,848 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The win, in Tampa Bay coach Tim Marcum's 200th game, was the third consecutive for the Storm (4-2) and brought it within 1{ games of Orlando (5-0) in the Southern Division. The Predators host Indiana on Monday.

Tampa Bay, which plays three of its next four at home, has not lost in three games at the Times Forum this season.

Buffalo (3-3) has dropped consecutive games but remained in a tie for first in the East thanks to Detroit's 51-41 loss to Arizona on Friday.

Selesky got his coaching start under Marcum in 1997 and served as Tampa Bay's director of player personnel for a month in the offseason before being named coach in Buffalo.

He might have wished he'd stayed.

Game MVP John Kaleo threw three of his five TD passes, including two to Lawrence Samuels, and the defense stopped three Buffalo drives as the Storm eased to a 39-6 first-half lead.

Tampa Bay set the tone on its second offensive play, as Kaleo faked a pitch to fullback David White and threw a screen to Samuels, who weaved 32 yards down the left sideline to give the Storm a 7-0 lead 1:18 into the game.

Tampa Bay again needed two plays to score on its second possession. Kaleo found Freddie Solomon in the back right corner of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.

The Storm turned things over to its defense and special teams in the second quarter.

Ian Howfield's 20-yard field goal on the first play of the period got things started. Before the quarter was over Kinney sacked Jeff Loots in the end zone for a safety, Solomon returned a kickoff 55 yards for a touchdown and Cohen returned an interception 13 yards for another score.

Juan Long's 10-yard run with 4:14 remaining in the quarter was Buffalo's first touchdown since early in the second quarter of last week's 40-13 loss to Chicago.

The Destroyers closed to 39-13 on Anthony Hicks' 1-yard run at the start of the third quarter, but a Tampa Bay stop on Buffalo's next possession gave the Storm the ball at the Destroyers' 10.

Four plays later Kaleo hit Alvin Ashley on a 2-yard slant for the 300th touchdown of the QB's career. Kaleo added his 301st in the fourth quarter, connecting with Samuels on a 15-yard scoring play.

Kaleo finished with 22 completions in 34 attempts for 223 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. Samuels had team highs of eight receptions for 97 yards and three scores.