Story by: Austin Deuville
Moncton holds off Halifax down the stretch to tie the series at two games apiece. Moncton once again shot a poor percentage from behind the arc at the Scotiabank Centre (29.2%). However, Magic players were more aggressive at getting to the basket, drawing fouls, and knocking down their free-throws (82.9%). After a disappointing outcome in Game 3 the Moncton Magic answer back, defeating the Halifax Hurricanes, 94-89.
How to guard Moncton's Trey Kell? That question is still unanswered. Trey Kell recorded a game-high 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. Taking full advantage of a late game height mismatch over Clinkscales in the post, Kell drew the foul and calmly knocked down two clutch free-throws to put Moncton up three with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth. Marcus Lewis added 12 points, including a lock down defensive effort on Mike Poole to force a backcourt violation. The following offensive position, Lewis put the Magic up five, finishing an easy layup with 7.7 seconds left in the game when Halifax elected not to foul, causing a defensive breakdown.
Other notable performances, Corey Allmond finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Denzell Taylor finished with a solid double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds. While Freddie McSwain Jr. added 9 points and 8 rebounds.
For the Halifax Hurricanes Terry Thomas struggled with his shooting stroke, going 5-19 from the field and 0-7 from downtown. That being said, the Halifax phenom still led the way with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Joel Kindred played well off the bench with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Malcom Duvivier received his first significant role off the bench minutes wise, finishing with 13 points. While starters Mike Poole (10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals) and Chadrack Lufile (10 points and 5 rebounds) both contributed with ten.
The best of seven Atlantic Division Final between the Moncton Magic and Halifax Hurricanes is now tied 2-2 heading back to Moncton. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday May 1st, 7pm at the Avenir Centre. The Magic are eager to return home to play in front of their incredibly supportive fan base. Get loud Moncton, your Hub City team needs you.
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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.