Story by: Austin Deuville
The Moncton Magic (25-12) have officially clinched a first place finish, earning them homecourt advantage throughout the entirety of the postseason. With this goal in mind, last night's game was played with an increased amount of emotion, physicality and determination. After losing to the Express in Ontario on January 4th; the Moncton Magic protect home court one final time this regular season, defeating the Windsor Express, 129-115.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or in Moncton's case… hot. As a team, the Magic made it rain at the Avenir Centre, making19 three-pointers on 48.7% shooting. Corey Allmond was remarkable, racking up 29 points and 4 rebounds. He also knocked down 8 threes, none more exciting than his inbound steal and trey at the 3:35 mark of the second quarter, erupting the Moncton crowd. The quick-thinking steal and three-ball by Allmond came seconds after Wayne McCullough secured an athletic one armed rebound and putback. This five-point swing changed the momentum of the game and Moncton didn't look back, keeping Windsor in the rear-view mirror.
Wayne McCullough is playing a high brand of basketball with his third notable game in a row. He's been aggressive attacking the basket, shooting with confidence, and knocking them down. McCullough finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. His importance to this team on both ends of the court, is indescribable. Off the bench, Freddie McSwain Jr. left his imprint all over this one. In nineteen minutes of work, McSwain Jr. was essentially a human microwave, dropping 18 points and 8 rebounds.
However, the Player of the Game was awarded to Billy White who finished with a double-double performance of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. White has been an absolute beast for the Moncton Magic all season long and deserves to be mentioned in the MVP conversation. The left handed forward is a matchup nightmare, his ability to stretch the floor and dominate inside the paint, leaves opposing defenses mystified.
For the Windsor Express, Chris Jones (21.5 PPG) and Juan Pattillo (21.3 PPG) demonstrated to the city of Moncton why they're both top five scorers in the NBL of Canada, dropping 29 points apiece. Pattillo finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Jones finished with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Starters Horace Wormely (17 points, 7 assists, 2 steals) and Ty Walker (12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks) also contributed in an unfavourable outcome for the Express.
There are three games left on the schedule for the Moncton Magic in the 2018/19 regular season. The team will be making their second road trip to Ontario where they will play the Sudbury Five on March 21st, the KW Titans on March 23rd, and the Windsor Express on March 24th. Tune in to NBLC Live to cheer on Hub City's favourite team.
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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.