SAINT JOHN, NB – The Saint John Riptide went back to work Saturday night at Harbour Station, a place where they have yet to lose a game this season. Their opponents were provincial rivals the Moncton Miracles.
In the first 12 minutes of this divisional matchup we saw the two sides trade scores with the game staying close throughout the quarter. A 14-point outburst from Gabe Freeman, something that has become a regular occurrence lately in the opening quarter, gave the Riptide a 30-29 lead at the horn.
The second quarter was very much the same story. Saint John continued to maintain control of the game but Moncton was always within striking distance and never backed off. It was some of the players who came off the bench that started to make their presence felt in the game as the home team took a 62-57 advantage into the halftime break.
Moncton would have a third quarter to forget being outscored by 12 points in the frame. The Riptide were firing on all cylinders while going ahead by as many as 20 points, ultimately holding the edge at the end of the quarter 94-77. Despite being outscored by the Miracles in the final quarter, Saint John kept the lead firmly in their hands en route to another win at Harbour Station 127-111.
Gabe Freeman lead all scorers in the game with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Haakim Johnson posted 16 points and eight rebounds, while Darin Mency pitched in 13 of his own. Anthony Anderson and Olu Famutimi also finished with 11 apiece. Melvin Johnson III paced the Miracles with 27 points and five rebounds.
The schedule for this week wraps up tomorrow as the Riptide hit the road to take on the Island Storm at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown, PEI. Tip-off is set for 2pm.