Story by: Austin Deuville
Game 1 of the 2019 NBLC Playoffs is in the books for the Moncton Magic. The Magic took care of business at home in front of 1826 fans inside the Avenir Centre. Moncton saw themselves trailing at the end of the 1stquarter but then proceeded to outscore Saint John by a combined 26 points through the next three quarters taking the first game of the postseason battle of the 506, 101-79.
Coming off of three fantastic statistical games on the Ontario road trip to close out the regular season, Trey Kell carried that momentum into the playoffs where he quietly put up a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. I say "quietly" because Kell does so many great things on the court seemingly effortlessly. Moncton shot an outstanding 51.4% from the field and 51.7% from downtown. Corey Allmond didn't take as many shots as accustomed to but the combo guard was extremely efficient with the shots he did take, shooting 4-8 from the field and 4-4 from three-point range. Can the real shimmy shady please stand up! Almond pulled out his signature shoulder shimmy as he was feeling it, finishing with a double-double performance of 12 points and 11 assists. Nick Evans is back in action, suiting up for the first time since February 18th. The 6'10" center added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in 14 minutes off the bench.
Playoff mode activated… The best players show up and preform when their needed the most and that's Billy White. The seasoned veteran forward was into his bag last night, no one could stop him in isolation. He's too quick, too long and too skilled for opposing defenders on the perimeter. White torched the Riptide with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Billy White was a no brainer for the Player of the Game honours as he slapped the first decal to the #4theChip Counter. 11 wins equals 11 decals on the road to the championship.
For the Saint John Riptide TJ Maston led the way with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Jon Harris also recorded 17 points, while adding 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Frank Bartley finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. While Randy Phillips contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds off the bench.
The Moncton Magic are back in action at the Avenir Centre for Game 2 tomorrow, Sunday, April 7that 2pm. It is Sunday Funday, which means there will be face painters and bouncy castles on site. Bring the kids for an afternoon of fun and competitive playoff basketball.
Moncton is #BallCrazy #4theChip
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.