Magic come from behind victory over Highlanders to extend their 1st place gap over the league

Photo by Jacinthe Leblanc
Photo by Jacinthe Leblanc

Story by: Austin Deuville

This game marks the final time Moncton and Cape Breton will face each other this season. The Moncton Magic (19-10) redeem themselves and even the season series versus the Cape Breton Highlanders at three games apiece. Moncton bounced back after dropping their last two games against Cape Breton and Halifax. Defeating the Highlanders at home, 111-103. 

Starters Corey Allmond and Trey Kell recorded fantastic numbers in this one. Allmond finished with 25 points, while knocking down six 3-pointers. Kell messed around and nearly recorded his first triple-double as a member of the Magic. The newly acquired point guard finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Once again, Jason Calliste (12 points) and Freddie McSwain Jr. (13 points and 10 rebounds) led the bench corps. Their consistent offensive contributions off the bench as of late, hold immeasurable value. 

Fan favourite, Denzell Taylor takes home Player of the Game honours. Taylor holds this team together, he's the glue. His constant hustle doesn't always show up on the stat sheet, however, it doesn't go unnoticed. Whether it be banging for position down low, switching out onto the perimeter, or putting his body on the line for a loose ball. Denzell is a defensive specialist and is a force to be reckoned with on the offensive boards. The Canadian pulled down 9 offensive rebounds to go along with his 13 in total. Taylor finished with a double-double, 10 points and 13 rebounds. 

For the Cape Breton Highlanders, Chris Johnson led the way off the bench with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Oluyuima Famutimi led all starters with 21 points and 3 steals. While Jamal Reynolds had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Famutimi and Reynolds both shot a very efficient 7/11 from the field. 

The Magic will return to the hardwood this Sunday, February 24th, against the Island Storm at 2pm. Sunday is family FUNDAY, bring the entire family down to the Avenir Centre to back your hometown Moncton Magic as they look to clinch a playoff berth for the second consecutive season. The Magic currently hold a 3-1 season series advantage over the Storm.  

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.