Hurricanes struggle in the third quarter and fall to Atlantic Division leaders
MONCTON, NB. - Joel Kindred continues to put up big numbers on the road posting 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Halifax Hurricanes presented by Eastlink in a 96-86 defeat versus the Moncton Magic at the Avenir Centre in Moncton. This coming after the Hurricanes very impressive 128-97 home win the previous night versus the Windsor Express at the Scotiabank Centre.
The Hurricanes start the game slowly, Moncton breaks out to a twelve to three start. Marvell Waithe hits a three at the midway point of the quarter to spark a Hurricane comeback. Joel Kindred reels off seven straight points to give Halifax their first lead of the game. Kindred would lead all scorers with 11 points on four of six shooting from the field. Waithe would chip in eight points in the frame including two three-pointers. Billy White paced the Magic with eight points.Halifax would lead 23-19 after one.
In the second quarter the Hurricanes continue to tighten up their defense holding the Magic to eighteen points and converting on the offensive end. At the midway point, Cliff Clinkscales hits a three-pointer to force Moncton to call a timeout and gives the Hurricanes their largest lead at eleven at that point. Mamadou Gueye makes his impact on the game when Clinkscales finds him for the dunk. Joel Kindred continued to pace the Hurricanes offense with seven points in the quarter. The Hurricanes pushed the lead to fifteen twice in the quarter. Halifax converted seven of 12 from three-point range, and took a 47-37 lead to the locker room.
The third quarter would see the Magic find their game offensively. They would chipped away at the ten point deficit at the very start of the quarter. Denzell Taylor converts a layup to cut the lead to one and force that forces Halifax to call timeout. Jeremiah Mordi and Wayne McCullogh would help the Magic overcome the halftime deficit and give them the lead that they would never surrender. Halifax went ice cold from the field and was held to 19 points in the quarter, as Moncton outscored them by 17 to take a 73-66 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The teams would play the fourth quarter even, trading buckets, something Halifax could not afford to do attempting to make up the point differential. Antoine Mason scored seven of his season low nine points in the game. Billy White led the way in the quarter for the Magic with eight. Moncton used a balance offense on the night, all five starters ended up in double digits in scoring with two reserves hitting the score sheet with the same results. Moncton out scored Halifax in points in the paint by 14 and attempted 14 more foul shots. Marvell Waithe finished with 15 points, and Ta'Quan Zimmerman chipped in 13 points off the bench for the Hurricanes. Billy White was the high man for the Magic with Jeremiah Mordi finishing with 14 on the night.
The Hurricanes' next game is Sunday Afternoon February 16th versus the Moncton Magic at the Avenir Centre, tip-off 2pm AST.
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