The Moncton Magic overtook the Island Storm last night in their return home to the Avenir Centre, boosting the team back into first place along with the Cape Breton Highlanders. After a tough loss at the Island on January 11th, Moncton has gained back their momentum, by first besting the Hurricanes in an overtime victory last Saturday, and then again last night through exacting their revenge on the Storm.
Moncton defeated the Island 110-103. The conclusion of the first quarter saw the Island leading 35-29, however the Magic were able to claw their way into the lead after outscoring the Storm 26-21 in the 2nd, and 31-17 in the third, granting them a 13 point lead going into the 4th.
The Magic have seen a number of adjustments made to their roster over the past few weeks due to injury, however they were near full form yesterday, missing Billy White and athletic newcomer Marcus Lewis. Magic fans saw three new faces hit the hardwood at the Avenir Centre for the first time; centre Joel Ndondo, point guard Duke Mondy, and rookie Freddie McSwain Jr. All three of which were major contributors to the team's win over the Storm.
Those who sat in at the Avenir Centre, or tuned in online, witnessed an exciting, high flying match. The usual rim attackers Evans and McCullough were joined by Ndondo and McSwain Jr., putting on a spectacular show for the fans, while making their mark on the opposing Island Storm.
Three point specialist Corey Allmond kept defenders honest, knocking down 4 from beyond on the arc, as well as another 4 from inside. Allmonds versatility on the offensive end earned him Player of the Game recognition. Jason Calliste was seen back in regular form, hitting 4 of his 5 shots from the three point line, and contributing a total 16 points to the final score.
Moncton had 7 players reach double digit points. In addition to Allmond and Calliste, Magic production came from McCullough, Ndondo, Mondy, and McSwain Jr, adding 19, 14, 12, and 11 points respectively. Nick Evans posted a double double, adding 10 rebounds along with his 13 points.
The Island bench fought hard for their team, with two double doubles coming from Dominic Shuler and Guillaume Boucard. Shuler adding 20 points, 12 rebounds, and Boucard adding 20 points, 10 rebounds. Carter and Arsenault also added 18 points, and 15 points to the total, respectively.
Monctonians have much to be excited about after watching first-hand the team chemistry displayed by a revitalised Magic roster. The Magic will now take an 11 day break to prepare for their next back to back home stand. The Battle of the 506 returns to Moncton as the Riptide make the trip up to the Avenir Centre on Janurary 29th. On January 30th, the defending champions, the London Lightning will visit the Avenir Centre for the first time.
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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.