The Moncton Magic drop a close one to the Cape Breton Highlanders. The Magic were seeking their third straight win at home but the Highlanders were determined to break their six game losing streak. After beating the St. John's Edge at the Avenir Centre on February 12th, the Magic were handed their 9th loss of the season to the Highlanders, 105-102.
Both teams were hot in this one, the Magic shot an outstanding 53.4% from the filed. Corey Allmond reached double digits, finishing with 14 points. Trey Kell lead all bench scorers for the third game in a row with 12 points and 6 assists. While McCullough, Lewis, and McSwain Jr. each contributed with 10 points.
The Player of the Game was awarded to Billy White. The lefty big man, on a nightly basis, does a fantastic job of being aggressive, finishing in traffic, creating for himself in isolation, and is very effective using his spin move to create space in the middle of the lane. White had opponents in the spin cycle all evening. He finished with a game high 30 points, while adding 9 rebounds and 5 assists. If you need a bucket, throw it inside to Billy White and let him go to work.
The Cape Breton Highlanders saw a well rounded scoring effort served up by their players. Jamal Reynolds came off the bench and lead all scorers with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Bruce Massey made a living at the free-throw line going 11/12, finishing with 21 points. While Atterberry and Walker were both efficient from downtown, finishing with 16 points and 15 points respectively.
After winning their first 2 matchups, the Highlanders have since had the Magic's number, beating them in their last 3 matchups. Moncton is trailing the season series 3-2 and will have their chance at redemption versus Cape Breton next Thursday, February 21st, 7pm at the Avenir Centre.
The Magic will now hit the road for a 2pm matinée matchup against the Hurricanes this coming Monday, February 18th, Family Day. Bring the entire family out to the Scotiabank Centre or tune in from home on NBLC Live to cheer on the Moncton Magic (18-9) as they take on the second place Halifax Hurricanes (15-12).
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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.