Magic hold off Edge, distancing themselves from the 2nd seed

Jason Calliste (centre) drives, defended by former Magic guard Isaiah Tate (right)
Photo By: Jacinthe Leblanc
Jason Calliste (centre) drives, defended by former Magic guard Isaiah Tate (right) Photo By: Jacinthe Leblanc

The Magic spoil Glen "Big Baby" Davis' return to the Avenir Centre. The Moncton Magic (18-8) took the floor yesterday evening to face Central Division leaders, the St John's Edge. After a commanding win over the Saint John Riptide on February 10th, the Magic kept it rolling at home as they were able to hold off the Edge, 109-102.  

The Magic saw many of their players contribute last night. Seemingly every player that checked in, quickly entered the scoring column. Corey Allmond lead all starters with 15 points. Billy White recorded 12 points and 6 rebounds. While Freddie McSwain Jr. was a spark plug off the bench, powering down a couple of rim rattling slams that fired up everybody in attendance. Flight35 finished with 10 points. 

However, once again, Trey Kell stole the show. The rookie proved to Moncton fans that his first game in a Magic uniform was no fluke. Kell played 29 minutes off the bench and nearly recorded a triple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. Earning himself NBLC Line of the Night and his second Player of the Game nod. Though during the post game interview, the San Diego State product was more concerned about his 4 turnovers. This concern goes to show that Kell isn't primarily focused on individual accolades. He has shown to be team oriented, a leader from the point guard position, and strives to be as precise as possible on his decision making, but don't call him a perfectionist. The 22-year-old's main objective is to play smart basketball as he continues to improve and develop his game. 

The Edge were without leading scorer Glen Davis for the majority of this one. The former NBA Champion went down early in the first quarter due to a lower body injury. Davis had 7 points in 4 minutes but did not return to action. 

The Edge saw their players step up in the absence of Glen Davis. Six players scored in double figures as St John's tried to steal one in Moncton. Leading the way for the Edge was Junior Cadougan with 32 points and 6 assists. Obinna Oleka and Desmond Lee both had 14 points apiece and combined for half of St John's total rebounds. While former Magic player Isaiah Tate provided quality minutes off the bench with 11.  

The Magic will take the court again tomorrow, February 14th, Valentines Day, against the Cape Breton Highlanders at 7pm. Bring your loved one(s) down to the Avenir Centre to celebrate Date Night with your hometown Moncton Magic as they look to push their winning streak to three. 30% off premium seating for online orders *before fees and taxes* use the promo code: ILOVEU 

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.

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