Story by: Austin Deuville
Moncton couldn't spoil Sudbury's first appearance at the Avenir Centre. Moncton came up short in a game that wasn't short of scoring. The halftime score was 74-70 as both teams continued to trade baskets throughout 48 minutes of competitive play. Coming off of three wins in a row, most recently an OT victory over the Island Storm the night prior; the Moncton Magic drop their first matchup of the season against the Sudbury Five, 136-128.
Each team had six players reach double figures. Corey Allmond was the leading scorer for your Magic with 28 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and made all six of his free throw attempts. Capitalizing on free throws will be extremely important down the stretch and into the postseason. Billy White struggled with his efficiency from the field in this one but he still managed 20 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. Marcus Lewis finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The high flyer out of Eastern Kentucky is averaging 19 PPG over his last three games since entering the starting lineup.
However, the Player of the Game was awarded to Wayne McCullough. McCullough doesn't lack passion for the game of basketball. He's one of the first in the gym and one of the last to leave, constantly working on his craft. McCullough was in his bag last night, going 5/5 from behind the arc to close out the first half. The gritty forward finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds.
Maurice Jones Sr. was essentially unstoppable for the Sudbury Five. Jones may be the smallest player on the court, listed at 5'7" but that doesn't affect the amount of skill he possesses. Jones racked up 41 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and shot 52% on 29 shots. Braylon Rayson was another force to be reckoned with, dropping 22 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Cory Dixon posted a double-double off the bench with 21 points and 12 rebounds. While Jaylen Bland contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Your Moncton Magic are back home on March 19th for their last home game of the regular season at the Avenir Centre versus another Ontario team, the Windsor Express.
Next up on the schedule is a road game versus the Cape Breton Highlanders for the final time this regular season on Saturday, March 16th at 7pm. Come down to Classic Burger for a delicious meal and watch our live away game stream or tune in from home on NBLC Live.
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.