MONCTON, NB – The next chapter of the National Basketball League of Canada’s edition of the battle of New Brunswick was written Tuesday night as the Saint John Riptide visited the Moncton Coliseum to tangle with the Miracles.
Saint John got off on the right foot in the first quarter as Gabe Freeman and Olu Famutimi came out firing from downtown knocking down four long-balls combined in the first two minutes of the game. The visitors would continue the pace and eventually end the first quarter leading the Miracles 29-18.
However the tide would turn in the Miracles favour in the second quarter when the Riptide shooters started to go cold and Moncton big man Tim Mitchell began to heat up. The Miracles finished the first half strong outshooting the visiting side 37-25 to put themselves ahead 55-54 at halftime.
The lead would continue to be in favour for most, if not all, of the second half. Melvin Johnson III started to turn up the heat knocking down three pointer after three pointer. When the third quarter buzzer sounded the scoreboard showed a score of 82-74 for the home squad.
Moncton would run away with things in the fourth quarter taking advantage of the Riptide’s tired legs. Johnson III continued his hot shooting from deep while Russell Byrd and Scoop Jardine hit their stride to effectively put the game out of reach for Saint John. When it was all said and done the Miracles walked away with a big win, 126-105 over their provincials rivals.
Anthony Anderson paced the Riptide with 27 points and went seven-for-eight from the charity stripe. Olu Famutimi also put in a solid night with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Horace Wormely wasn’t far behind finishing with a season-high 13 points. Melvin Johnson III lead the Miracles with 34 points on the night.