Story by: Austin Deuville
Moncton runs through Cape Breton for the final time this regular season, regaining the season series advantage 4-3. Moncton is now sitting at an impressive first place record of 24-12. After losing a high scoring matchup against the Sudbury Five on March 12th; the Moncton Magic bounce back on the road taking down the Cape Breton Highlanders, 117-92. With 117 points scored as a team, yet another franchise record has been broken. Your Moncton Magic have recorded their most points in a single season and counting.
It is official, Wayne McCullough has his swagger back. McCullough dropped his second straight 20 piece, finishing with an even 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Denzell Taylor (Brampton, Ontario) showed his presence on the offensive end in this one, adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Billy White was a none factor in the first half due to early foul trouble but was able to flip the script. The fiery lefty scored all of his 15 points in the second half, finishing with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Don't poke the bear or in this case don't poke Billy White.
The Player of the Game is Halifax's own Gentrey Thomas. There is no doubt that Thomas is a point guard who can score inside and outside, showing that capability last night. He took care of the basketball and was extremely efficient, shooting 11-14 from the field, finishing with 24 points and 7 rebounds.
With a comfortable lead late in the fourth quarter, Mark Fernandes walked to the scorer's table to check in. The Canadian from Calgary, Alberta was signed and activated last week as Nick Evans (wrist) IR designate. This was a special moment for the STFX Alum as it was his first taste of action as a professional athlete and he was phenomenal. Fellow Moncton teammates are very familiar with Fernandes and his ability shoot the basketball. Mark Fernandes wasted no time entering the scoring column, dropping 10 points in 3 minutes.
Leading the way for the Cape Breton Highlanders was Chris Johnson. The Canadian finished with a game high 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamal Reynolds was extremely active getting to the basket, adding 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench. While Landon Atterberry contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
It is the last regular season home game! Support the home team this Tuesday, March 19th as the Moncton Magic play host to the Winsor Express at 7pm. Basketball fans unite, the Avenir Centre will be loud and proud.
Moncton is #BallCrazy
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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.