January 18, 2018
It took four quarters and two additional overtime periods however the Riptide outlasted the Halifax Hurricanes to capture their 5th consecutive win 132-125. The loss snaps a 4 game winning streak for the Halifax squad and moves the Riptide into first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Riptide led the majority of the game, holding a two point advantage at the half 56-54. The Hurricanes took their first lead with less than one minute to go in the third quarter and ended the third with an 80-78 edge over the Riptide.
The Hurricanes maintained their lead throughout the fourth quarter and the lead got as high as 10. However the visiting Saint John team would not go away and continued to battle back. Things looked especially bleak when the Riptide were down by 5 points with only 12 seconds left on the clock in regulation. Gabe Freeman capped the comeback with 2 foul shots with 6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 109 a piece.
Both teams battled hard throughout the first overtime period however nothing was decided. A Tyrone Watson 3 point shot at the buzzer went off the front of the rim as time expired and the teams headed to double overtime.
Horace Wormely had 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in the double overtime period and helped lead the Riptide to a 132-125 win. Malcolm Miller hit two foul shots with 15 seconds remaining that iced the win for the visiting team. This was a team victory for the Riptide and took contributions from the entire roster.
Gabe Freeman led all scorers with 28 points and contributed 12 rebounds. Horace Wormley also recorded a double double with 26 points and 10 assists. Malcolm Miller added 27 points with 8 rebounds. Jeremiah Mordi provided 52 minutes of defensive pressure and also chipped in 23 points to go with his 8 rebounds.
The Riptide travel to Charlottetown on Saturday to take on the Island Storm. Their next home game is Saturday, February 3rd and tickets are available at the Harbour Station Box Office now.
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