Story by: Austin Deuville
Atlantic Division Champions! Game 7…win or go home and the Moncton Magic aren't going anywhere. Behind an Avenir Centre packed with 2103 screaming fans, Moncton refused to quit, defeating the rivaled Halifax Hurricanes, 85-82. The Magic finished the regular season with a historic 27-13 record. That being said, drawing comparison to the motto of the 72-10 Chicago Bulls, 27-13 don't mean a thing without the ring!
Unity in numbers. Moncton battled with resiliency, trusted one another, and rallied together to seal their Game 7 faith. Trey Kell led Moncton with a team-high 21 points, adding 6 rebounds and 2 assists. It's official, Kell has ice in his veins. The rookie calmly sized up Joel Kindred, drove left, stepped back and knocked down a midrange jumper with 23 seconds left in regulation to put the Magic up one, 83-82. Jason Calliste played 28 minutes off the bench and didn't disappoint, the seasoned veteran had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, including the two most important free throws of the game. Corey Allmond finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. While, the Player of the Game, Marcus Lewis recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks. For 40 plus minutes a game, Lewis is playing exceptional individual defense on opposing teams best players. Although he can't shut them down completely, he makes their job offensively extremely difficult.
For the Halifax Hurricanes, Terry Thomas led the way for the majority of this competitive seven game series. Thomas is a professional scorer, he had 26 points and 11 rebounds, scoring 14 of his 26 points in the 3rd quarter. Mike Poole finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds. While Rhamel Brown contributed a double-double performance of 10 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
For the first time in organization history, the Moncton Magic are going to the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) Finals. Their opponent will be the Central Division Champions, St. Johns Edge. The Magic took care of business versus the Edge during the regular season 4-1. However, we are well aware that regular season records and successes mean nothing come the playoffs. Home Game 1 is scheduled for Wednesday May 8th at 7pm and Home Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday May 11th at 7pm. Like Corey Allmond said in his post-game interview "championship or bust." Don't miss history… support your Hub City Moncton Magic at the Avenir Centre or tune in on NBLC Live.
Moncton is #BallCrazy #4theChip
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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.