The Magic travelled to Halifax Monday afternoon to take on the surging Hurricanes. However, Moncton lost this one as they couldn't maintain any momentum or match the energy of Halifax. The Moncton Magic (18-10) are still holding onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division. After coming off of a rough loss at home to the Cape Breton Highlanders on February 14th, the Magic drop their second in a row to the Hurricanes, 100-91.
Both teams shot the ball above a healthy 45% from the field. Trey Kell was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time as a member of the Moncton Magic. The 22 year old showed out with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, as well as 3 steals, and was awarded Player of the Game for the third time in four games.
Nick Evans recorded a near double-double with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. While Jason Calliste and Freddie McSwain Jr. contributed quality minutes off the bench with 12 points and 10 points respectively.
The Halifax Hurricanes played with an immense amount of energy and determination. In the absence of Terry Thomas and a rare poor shooting night from Mike Poole, the Hurricanes saw other players step up and carry the weight offensively. Jordan Washington came off the bench and lead the way with a team high 23 points and 9 rebounds. While Joel Kindred chipped in with 17 points.
This game marks the last regular season meeting between these Atlantic Division foes. Moncton fails to complete the sweep but still managed to win the season series against Halifax 5-1.
The Magic will return home to the Avenir Centre this Thursday, February 21st, 7pm for a redemption matchup versus the Cape Breton Highlanders. Come out and support your Moncton Magic as they will look to even up the season series at three games apiece.
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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.