Story by: Austin Deuville
The Magic are victorious at Harbour Station for the first time this season. For the most part, Moncton came out sluggish in this game, being outscored by a total of 22 points through the first three frames. It was beginning to look like déjà vu for fans who had previously watched their hometown Magic lose to the Riptide 96-76 on March 1st. However, the seemingly impossible comeback happened as the Moncton Magic outscored the Saint John Riptide 49-23 in the fourth, sealing it with a win 104-100.
Give credit where credit is due. Thomas, Calliste, Lewis, McSwain Jr, and Taylor are all credited with being a part of a historic comeback last evening. The group played the entirety of the fourth quarter, scoring a whopping 49 points to overcome a 27 point deficit at large. Gentrey Thomas and Freddie McSwain Jr. each played 24 minutes off the bench. Thomas scored 21 points and dished out 5 assists. The Haligonian played confidently and did a fantastic job of splitting the defense a handful of times, knocking down his jump shot and getting to the rim. McSwain Jr. finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The Indiana Alum is averaging 15.7 points and 6.7 rebounds over his last three games.
Your Moncton Magic hadn't won on the road since their overtime victory versus the Halifax Hurricanes on January 12th. On that date, during his second game in a Magic uniform, Marcus Lewis recorded his finest statistical game. There was no coincidence that during his first start of the season, on the road, he would top that performance. Lewis was brilliant, dropping a game high 28 points and adding 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. He shot an incredible 72% from the field and 83% from the three point line, making five. The high flying Lewis also made a ridiculous defensive effort, blocking a three point shot at the 4:35 mark of the fourth quarter. This block came at a very crucial point in the game and led to a breakaway dunk that completely shifted the momentum in Moncton's favour. This performance was enough to lock Marcus Lewis as the Player of the Game.
Head Coach Joe Salerno places an immense amount of trust in his coaching staff and players, giving them the opportunity to play freely and to be successful. The main goal is to bring a championship home to the city of Moncton and the team understands the sacrifices it will take to make that goal a reality. All season long, guys have been unselfish, have stepped up when called upon and have backed one another through the adversity, turnover, as well as the ups and downs that come along with a 40 game regular season. The Moncton Magic (22-11) finish with a 4-2 season advantage over the Saint John Riptide, showing them who truly runs the 506.
March Madness comes a week early this year as the Moncton Magic have back to back home games this Monday (March 11th@ 7pm) and Tuesday (March 12th@ 7pm) versus the Island Storm and Sudbury Five. There are only three regular season games left at the Avenir Centre; extend your March Break and support the hottest team in the NBL of Canada as they look to attain their 16th win at home, breaking their home winning record from last season.
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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.