Story by: Austin Deuville
The Magic didn't have to wait long to achieve redemption over the Riptide. The Moncton Magic (17-8) returned to the Avenir Centre on an attendance record breaking night, to face provincial rivals, for the second time in five days, the Saint John Riptide. After dropping a commanding lead at Harbour Station on February 6th, the Magic were determined to protect home court, defeating the Riptide 111-76.
Moncton came out aggressive and outscored Saint John in all four quarters. Corey Allmond was absolutely unconscious from downtown before a double technical resulting in his ejection early in the 3rd quarter. The combo guard was shooting 8-10 from 3-point range and had 24 points before his night was ultimately cut short. Billy White quietly finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds. While, Wayne McCullough was efficient with 11 points on 5-8 from the field.
However, the Player of the Game was awarded to newcomer Trey Kell. Alike White, out of San Diego State, the newly acquired rookie impressed in his first game wearing a Magic uniform. Kell came off the bench and wasted no time filling up the stat sheet, finishing with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and a blocked shot. He did a bit of everything during his debut, all while shooting 50% from the field in 24 minutes of action. Trey Kell's game can be described in one word… poised.
Once again, Frank Bartley led the the way for Saint John with 22 points and 5 assists. While Brent Arrington added a complementary 15 points.
The Moncton Magic lead the regular season series against the Saint John Riptide 3-1. The battle of the 506 will renew in Saint John on March 1st and 6th.
The Magic set yet another record today, this time with the help of the fans. With nearly 2000 in attendance, the Magic saw a season high turnout.
Next up on the schedule for Moncton. NBA champion, Glen Davis and the Saint John's Edge are returning to the Avenir Centre this Tuesday, February 12th at 7pm. Come out and support your Moncton Magic as they look to continue their home court success behind your incredible support.
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.