The Moncton Magic hosted the Cape Breton Highlanders Thursday night for the second of two back-to-back games. The first was on Sunday November 26 where the Magic took the game 112-94.
The Highlanders, still looking for their first win of the season played another very tough game Thursday night, however the Magic played even harder finishing 112-111 and taking their third straight win.
Appearing now even more than before as a solid unit, the newly minted Moncton Magic showed a display of force Thursday by out rebounding, out assisting, and eventually out playing the Cape Breton Highlanders in the fourth. This all accumulated to an enormous comeback, bringing them a 3-2 start to their season.
The Highlanders had a lot of quick baskets predominantly by Duke Monday (27 points) and Hakim Johnson (26 points), however Moncton responded with strength in the 3rd and 4th, and grabbed the tight win.
With a huge play and a made free throw, veteran guard Al Stewart earned Moncton's first lead of the second half with five minutes left in the third. Stewart also had 10 assists, seven rebounds, and nine points. Corey Allmond dropped 6 from the arc tonight as well as 4 key free throws to give him 22 total points.
Terry Thomas, an always-essential component of the Magic totaled 29 points in addition to his eight rebounds and four assists.
Jeremy Williams also nabbed eight rebounds, as well as three blocks to add to his 16 points.
The Magic will head to Charlottetown to play the Island Storm on December 3rd, and then return home for a weekend double header. The first is against the Saint John Riptide on Friday, December 8th at 7:00pm, and for the second they'll be taking another shot at the Island Storm, Saturday, December 9th at 2:00pm.
Photo by Maurice Veniot