Magic drop commanding lead after strong first half

Photo by: Saint John Riptide 
Billy White, bottom left: game high 28 points, 12 rebounds
Photo by: Saint John Riptide Billy White, bottom left: game high 28 points, 12 rebounds

Story by: Austin Deuville

The Magic travelled to Saint John Wednesday evening to battle the Riptide. However, the team lost a tough one, ending their winning streak at 4 games in a row. The Moncton Magic (16-8) still hold the best record in the NBLC. After surviving a double overtime game at home versus the London Lightning on January 30th, the Magic fall to the Riptide, 90-83. 

Moncton came out scorching in the first half leading by 20 points at halftime, 47-27. However, Saint John turned it around in the second half, scoring 37 points in the third quarter alone, 10 more points than they scored in the first two quarters combined. Moncton struggled to put the ball in the basket during the second half as they shot just 37.5% from the field, less than 30% from the 3-point line, and under 60% at the free-throw line. 

The Magic were also without starting point guard, Duke Mondy. The talented guard from Michigan signed a deal with the Miami Heat affiliate, Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G-League.

On a more positive note, the Moncton Magic saw Billy White post his best game since returning on January 29th from a wrist injury that he suffered in late December. The lefty recorded a monster double-double with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and added 4 assists.  

Frank Bartley led the way for the Saint John Riptide with 24 points. Brent Arrington came out aggressive, posting a 23 point and 5 rebound performance. While Maston, Osse, and Washington each chipped in with 10. 

 The Moncton Magic don't have to wait long for their shot at revenge against the Saint John Riptide. The Riptide will be back in town this Sunday, February 10th. Come out and show Saint John who truly runs the 506. 

Tickets available online at: www.ticketmaster.ca

Subaru of Moncton Box office:1-506-962-4545

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.