(Moncton, NB: February 17th, 2018)
As the 4th of a 6-game home-stint (now 3-1) the Moncton Magic hosted the Saint John Riptide Saturday night at the Coliseum.
The NB rivalry, now with both teams jostling for 2nd in the East, has provided some truly exhilarating games for the local crowds, Saturday not being an exception to this.
Both teams coming off a loss to Halifax entered this matchup hungry for a win, though Saint John was unlucky enough to run into an offensively dominant Magic squad, who took the home game 101-83.
Moncton had a seriously hot start, shooting well, and finishing the first half 54-37. They continued to rise offensively peaking at +29 in the 3rd. The legs-first Moncton team kept with SJ defensively throughout as well, putting pressure on every possession and holding the Riptide to 36% shooting.
Offensive usage was also at an efficient high on Saturday; the Magic saw 11 players on the board and 5 in double digits. This side of their game was led by Anthony Anderson, who earned Player of the Game for his 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 17 points.
Malcolm Miller seemed to be the only SJ player hitting for most of the game, he had 30 points, playing 39 minutes in Moncton.
The Magic now break until Sunday February 25th, when they'll again test home court against the Hurricanes. After that they'll play the KW Titans on the 28th, also at the Coliseum.
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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