After returning home from a jam-packed five-game road trip the Magic hosted the Charlottetown Island Storm Wednesday night at the Moncton Coliseum.
In view of an excited crowd the Magic team were able to harness some impressive energy and defeat the visiting Island Storm 113-88.
The Magic used a different approach from the beginning against the Storm starting usual bench players Denzell Taylor and Corey Allmond, as well as returning Jeremy Williams along with Anthony Anderson, and Terry Thomas.
The home team was able to show strength right from the start going up 60-40 at half thanks in part to a very active crowd, and some extremely high percentage shooting: 48.9% field goals and 50% from the 3-point line.
While the initial boost proved useful the team was able to produce an incredible finish as well, making some astonishing 3-pointers, dunks, and recovery plays. The Magic are looking to continue on this path and further develop the quickly growing fan culture they're beginning to establish in Hub City.
Brent Jennings was the easy pick for player of the game Wednesday, he finished with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 24 points; the highlight being his 6 made 3-pointers giving him 75% from the arc.
Jennings wasn't the only one hitting, Corey Allmond shot 60% from three, giving him 21, Jason Calliste ended at 50% for 11 points plus 6 rebounds. Also of note Denzell Taylor led the rebounding with 9, Anthony Anderson the Assist column with 8, Anthony Cox had 3 big blocks.
Andre Stringer and Du'Vaughn Maxwell led for Charlottetown making 19 and 14 points respectively, Brad States had 12 rebounds.
Moncton will now stay home to host the Halifax Hurricanes January 27th at 7:00pm, before taking off to Newfoundland for two back to back games against the St John's Edge February 2nd & 3rd.
Tickets available online at: www.tickets.moncton.ca
Coliseum Box office: 1-888-720-5600
About MONCTON MAGIC Headquartered in Moncton, NB, the MONCTON MAGIC is a professional basketball organization that operates under a licensing agreement with the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). The team will play its games in a two-conference league with clubs located in the Provinces of Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
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