Story by: Austin Deuville
"Big time players make big time plays... Trey stepped up and hit a big shot with the game on the line" - Salerno refers to a game winning 3 point shot from rookie Trey Kell.
The Magic pull off a nail biting victory in dramatic fashion. The Moncton Magic are the first team to 20 wins on the regular season. With their 20th win, Moncton clinches a playoff spot for the second consecutive season. Fresh off a win on February 21st at home, the Magic keep it rolling at the Avenir Centre with a 121-120 win over the short handed Island Storm.
Billy White finished with an evenly dispersed performance of 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks. Corey Allmond and Marcus Lewis each contributed with 15 points. While Jason Calliste, once again, chipped in with a double digit outing with 10 points off the bench.
However, the Player of the Game honours are awarded to Trey Kell. The San Diego State product racked up an impressive near triple double with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. Kell shot a noteworthy 56% from the field and 60% from the three-point line, making six. He absolutely took the game over offensively by knocking down a contested step back three with 5.8 seconds remaining in regulation, that was ultimately crowned the game winner followed by an incredible defensive effort by Freddie McSwain Jr.
Kell's recent work on the basketball court has also earned him the NBLC Player of the Week. Breaking into the league late in the season, it is hard to believe the Magic's newest starting Point Guard is just 22 years of age with his veteran like composure and knowledge of the game. Moncton's youngest player has averaged 28.3 points, 9 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the past week.
The Moncton Magic played from behind for a majority of this game due to the three headed monster of Guillaume Boucard, Alex Campbell, and Tyree White. All three of these players balled out, finishing with monstrous numbers. Boucard led the way with 32 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. He also managed to get to the free throw line 23 times, connecting on 18 of those attempts. Campbell finished with 30 points while shooting 71% from the field. While White finished with 26 points and grabbed an impressive 17 rebounds, considering his 6'3" frame.
The Moncton Magic lead the season series 4-1 and will take on the Island Storm one last time this season on Monday, March 11th, 7pm at the Avenir Centre.
Your Moncton Magic (20-10) will hit the road for a Friday evening matchup, March 1st at 7pm, against the Saint John Riptide. For live action, tune into NBLC Live as the Magic look to take a 4-1 season series lead over the 506 rivaled Riptide.
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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.