SAINT JOHN, N.B. – The Saint John Riptide were back on their home court Friday night for the final game of 2016 as they welcomed the expansion Cape Breton Highlanders to Harbour Station.
It took the Riptide a couple minutes to get their first bucket of the night as the fans were on their feet clapping and cheering, as is tradition at home games. Gabe Freeman scored the Riptide’s first two points of the game and went on a tear posting 14 points in the first quarter of play to give the home side a 26-16 lead at the break.
The second quarter saw the Highlanders get back into the game as Deron Scott and Booker Woodfox took charge for the visitors. Cape Breton rattled off 32 points in the quarter to outscore the Riptide by 10 points. That knotted the score up 48-48 at halftime.
Despite going pointless in the first half, Anthony Anderson was determined to put up double-digits in this game and he did just that. Double A turn the heat on in the final two quarters to finish with 15 points on the night. The Riptide would outscore the Highlanders 61-46 in the second half to come out on top 109-94 in front a loud crowd at Harbour Station.
Gabe Freeman scored his second double-double in as many games with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Right behind him was Olu Famutimi with 19 points while Jabs Newby picked up 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Brian Addison also had 11 points and 5 boards.
Hank Thorns’ paced the Highlanders with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists to record the first triple-double in the NBL Canada this season.
Next game for the Riptide is January 5th when they travel to Moncton to take on the Miracles at the Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7pm.
Photo Credit: Ruben Martinez