SAINT JOHN, NB – A busy weekend for the Saint John Riptide in which they would play three games in as many nights came to an end Sunday afternoon as they hosted the Halifax Hurricanes for the second night in a row. Halifax came out on top Saturday night by a final score of 110-93.
The Riptide started off strong as they looked to exact revenge on the Hurricanes while also snapping a two-game losing skid. Gabe Freeman was back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench for the past few games and he made his presence felt early posting eight points in the first quarter to help the home side jump to a 26-17 lead.
Halifax picked things up in the second quarter as they began to trade scores with the Riptide. However, Saint John stayed on pace to outscore their opponent 25-21 in the quarter and take a 51-38 lead into halftime.
As expected, the game got a interesting down the stretch as the division leading Hurricanes looked to climb back into it. Tempers started to flare as both sides picked up technical fouls in the third quarter and Halifax outdid the Riptide 29-25 on the scoreboard. However, that still left the Hurricanes down 77-67 going into the fourth.
It was a bit of the same story in the final 12 minutes with the Hurricanes outscoring the home squad. Despite their efforts, Halifax could not claw back enough to take this one. Thanks to some timely defensive the Riptide held on for a six point win 109-103.
Anthony Anderson was named player of the game for his 26 point performance along with seven rebounds and 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Gabe Freeman also had a monster night finishing with 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Haakim Johnson posted 14 of his own. Horace Wormely also contributed 12 points with Olu Famutimi and Darin Mency had 11 apiece. Ta’Quan Zimmerman led the Hurricanes with 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists.