Highlanders Defeat League-Leading Magic for Their 5th Win a Row
Game Date: Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
Game Number: 11 of 40 of Season 3
Location: Centre 200, Sydney
Team Records: Highlanders 7 wins, 4 losses
Magic 10 wins, 2 losses
The Highlanders were looking to extend their winning streak to five as they hosted the Moncton Magic for the second time this season. The Highlanders defeated the Magic in their last matchup on December 21st, ending Moncton's impressive 10-game winning streak and handing them their first loss of the season. The Highlanders were without Jabari Craig, who missed his third straight game, and Chris Johnson made his return after missing the last two due to illness.
Quarter 1: Highlanders 20, Magic 22
Moncton opened the scoring, but both teams struggled to find the basket early. The Magic played aggressive full-court defense against the Highlanders, which resulted in a Moncton lead in the early parts of the quarter. The pace quickly changed to another exciting back-and-forth contest as the Highlanders grabbed the lead midway through the first. The Atlantic Division rivalry heated up and tempers flared as the Magic held a two-point lead at the end of the quarter.
Quarter 2: Highlanders 49, Magic 51
The Magic were able to make passes behind the Highlanders defence to find points from under the basket, while the Highlanders were shooting well from the field to keep the score close. The Highlanders briefly regained the lead but the Magic managed to tie the game again halfway through the second quarter. It was a defensive contest that saw several lead changes before the half, and the Magic maintained their two-point lead at the buzzer.
Quarter 3: Highlanders 80, Magic 79
The Highlanders started the third by grabbing the lead, but had to regain themselves as the Magic were aggressive in stealing the ball and took the lead back. The Highlanders played good defense against the best team in the NBLC but the Magic continued to find ways to get points by playing a quick transition game and getting the Highlanders to commit fouls. The Highlanders played well at the end of the quarter and led by one at break.
Quarter 4: Highlanders 113, Magic 110
Neither the Highlanders or Magic gave their opponent any room on the court and the score stayed close as a result. The Highlanders were able to draw fouls from the Magic early in the final frame and were able to find points from the free-throw line. The Magic wouldn't give up on and continued to play aggressive defence on the Highlanders. The loud home crowd gave the Highlanders a boost in morale in the fourth as the Magic struggled from the line. The Highlanders played desperately for control of the ball and took their largest lead of the game with only one minute remaining in the game. The Highlanders held on to win their fifth game in a row.
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Cape Breton Highlanders 113
PLAYER PTS RBD AST STL HIGHLIGHTS
Bruce Massey 34 10 6 4 Double Double, 4 3s
Kenny Jones 17 6 3 2 7-9 FG
O'Louis McCullough 14 3 0 0
Chris Johnson 11 3 0 0
Jamal Reynolds 8 9 1 2
Moncton Magic 100
PLAYER PTS RBD AST STL HIGHLIGHTS
Corey Allmond 20 1 4 2
Gentrey Thomas 18 6 3 3
Billy White 15 8 3 0
Nick Evans 14 9 2 0
Next Game: Friday, December 28th at Halifax, 7PM
Next Home Game: Monday, December 31st at Centre 200, 5:30PM *FREE ADMISSION*
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Cape Breton Highlanders vs. the Moncton Magic
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