SYDNEY, NS – For the first time ever the Saint John Riptide were in action at Centre 200 as they visited to the Cape Breton Highlanders Friday night. The Riptide had yet to lose to the Highlanders thus far and were looking to keep it that way as the two teams met for the first team on Cape Breton’s home court.
The two sides were trading blows back and forth early in the game in what was a low-scoring first quarter, considering the Riptide came into this game second in the NBL Canada in points per game averaging just over 106. Through the opening 12 minutes of action Saint John held a slight advantage 20-17.
Cape Breton would push back in the second quarter to close the gap. Deron Scott found his stride and seemed to give the Highlanders the boost they needed to erase the visitors lead. The Highlanders put up 28 points in the frame while only allowing 25 to send the two squads into the locker room tied 45-45 at halftime.
However, in the third quarter Saint John began to slowly regain control. The Riptide would heat up from the field and take the lead back before extending it to six points at the end of the third quarter. It remained a tight contest heading into the fourth as Saint John held the upper hand 78-72.
Things would only get worse for the Highlanders in the final 12 minutes. Olu Famutimi and Anthony Anderson turned red hot while the big man Anthony Stover continued to snatch up any rebound in sight. Outscoring their opponent by 12 in the fourth was enough for the Riptide to head home with a 105-87 win.
Anderson lead the way with 24 points while Famutimi followed him with 21. Horace Wormely made his first NBL Canada start finishing with 17 points and seven dimes, Haakim Johnson picked up 15, and Anthony Stover picked up a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Deron Scott was the high man for Cape Breton with 21 points.