SAINT JOHN, NB – Coming off a loss to the Cape Breton Highlanders last night, the Saint John Riptide went toe-to-toe with a high-powered opponent in the division leading Halifax Hurricanes. Last time these two teams met it was the Riptide coming out on top to give the Hurricanes their first loss of the season.
It was a tight contest in the first quarter with both teams battling back and forth in a defensive first 12 minutes. Despite grabbing an early edge, the Riptide would surrender that lead to the Hurricanes before the end of the frame. Each side posted nearly 30 minutes in the quarter as the visitors lead 29-27 at the buzzer.
The second quarter was more of the same back and forth defensive battle but it was the home side outscoring their opponent. Saint John outscored the Hurricanes 25-24 in the second quarter but it wasn’t enough to give them the lead. The high-powered Halifax squad remained in front 53-52 at halftime.
Things started to go downhill in the third quarter as the Hurricanes began to really show why they’re firmly position first in the division. After a first half that was extremely tight, Halifax started to widen the gap winning the quarter by 12 and pulling away 87-74 going into the final quarter.
Halifax continued to put the peddle to the metal in the fourth quarter and eventually put the game out of reach. Anthony Anderson did his best to try to get the Riptide back into it but it was not enough as the Hurricanes took the victory 110-93. These two teams meet again tomorrow back at Harbour Station for a 2pm tip-off.
Anderson finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and six assists while Gabe Freeman posted 17 points and five boards. Right behind them was Haakim Johnson with 16 points and Darin Mency with 14. Antoine Mason was the Hurricanes top scorer with 24 points.