(Friday, January 4, 2019) The Magic launched their annual Ontario road trip yesterday, squaring up with defending champions, London Lightning. Those who tuned into last year's trip to Budweiser Gardens, will notice some similarities to last night's game; A high foul count for the Magic and an overtime loss.
The Magic's league leading defence, averaging less than 96 points against per game, were able to slow down the Lightning's fast paced style of play. A tight match-up saw the two teams tied 26-26 after the first and a Magic 47-46 lead at half. Moncton gained further ground leading by 4 points after the 3rd, however they were out played in the 4thquarter resulting in an even 96-96 at the end of regulation.
The shorthanded Magic were unable to best the defending champs in the final frame of OT, falling 107-109. Star forward Billy White missed last night's game due to a wrist injury. Billy had been placed on the IR expecting to miss multiple games. Yesterday's overtime missed Nick Evans, and Duke Mondy as well, who both had been fouled out. Eddie Asamoah also left the game early after suffering an injury from a defensive collision with teammate Nick Evans.
With a lack of size in the line-up, Canadian defence mogul and player of the game, Denzel Taylor, stepped up to fill the void. Taylor finished with a double double, posting 18 points and 13 rebounds. Wayne McCullough also added 18 points to the scoreboard along with new addition Duke Mondy who contributed a game high 20 points. 6'9'' centre Joel Ndondo also saw the court after signing with the team only 1 day prior to the game.
The London Lightning were led by Maurice Bolden with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Lightning's deep roster saw massive production from their bench, combining for 67 points, out-scoring their starting lineup.
The Moncton Magic will suit up for the second game of the Ontario trip tonight against the 4-7 Windsor Express. Tune in online at 8pm Atlantic Standard Time. Local Monctonians may also find the game being streamed at The Igloo Beverage Room.
Tickets available online at: www.ticketmaster.ca
Subaru of Moncton Box office:1-506-962-4545
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.