MONCTON, N.B. – The first game of 2017 for the Saint John Riptide came on the road as they renewed their provincial rivalry with the Moncton Miracles on Thursday night.
Lead by Darin Mency and Anthony Anderson, the Riptide scored 23 points in the opening quarter of play to grab a 9 point lead at the first break. Moncton focused their defensive efforts mostly on Gabe Freeman, with good reason considering he was averaging almost a double-double going into this contest.
The second quarter was much tighter with both sides trading buckets. Moncton began to close the gap before half but were still outscored 21-20 in the second frame as the Riptide took a 44-34 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter the Miracles continued to keep pace with the Riptide and would come to within a basket. Despite outshooting the Riptide 31-25 in the quarter, Moncton continued to trail 61-59 going into the final quarter. Double A kept on rolling in the last 12 minutes of the game to finish with 22 points, while Haakim Johnson dominated on the boards with 12 rebounds. Brian Addison also grabbed 11 boards himself.
Johnson also finished with 16 points and Olu Famutimi followed him with 13. Mency and Addison contributed 11 points apiece in the road win. The Miracles were lead by Tydran Beaty with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
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