SAINT JOHN, NB – Friday night at Harbour Station the Cape Breton Highlanders were in town to face off with the Saint John Riptide, who have yet to be beaten at home this season.
Gabe Freeman put the home team on his back in the opening moments of this one as he scored the Riptide’s first 14 points of the game. However Cape Breton regrouped and were able to quiet the home crowd while taking the lead back. The Highlanders would end the first quarter up by a small margin, 18-16.
In the second quarter the visitors continued to control the game. The trio of Booker Woodfox, Shaquille Keith, and newcomer Charles Mann Jr put together a strong quarter with their team leading the Riptide by nearly 20 points in the frame. Saint John would shrink the lead slightly before half but still faced a 10-point deficit at halftime, 50-40.
Rob Spon’s squad came out in top form to start the third quarter rattling off 11 straight points to grab a 50-51 lead less than three minutes in. Anthony Anderson was feeling by the end of the third helping his team to a 78-69 advantage going into the final 12 minutes.
The newest member of the Riptide made his five-foot-seven presence felt in the fourth quarter. Horace Wormely, nicknamed The Gingerbread Man, connected with a number of beautiful passes including a mind-boggling no-look feed to Haakim Johnson who knocked down the three-pointer and blew the roof off of Harbour Station. That long ball pushed the Riptide lead to 22 points. Saint John would keep the Highlanders at bay the rest of the way taking the 113-101 victory and remaining undefeated at home.
Gabe Freeman and Anthony Anderson lead the Riptide with 27 points each while Haakim Johnson posted 20 points and Brian Addison chipped in with 12. Shaquille Keith and Charles Mann Jr paced the Highlanders with 18 points apiece.