MONCTON, NB – The Saint John Riptide, without two key players, went on the road to take on the Moncton Miracles in the latest chapter of the battle of the 506. Saint John was without Anthony Stover and Olu Famutimi, both nursing injuries, as they took on a Miracles squad that was coming off a big bounce-back performance snapping a long losing skid the night before.
It was an even back-and-forth affair in the early going as the Miracles showed no signs of fatigue having played Saturday night. The Riptide meanwhile had a day of rest and came into this one looking to get back in the win column. Gabe Freeman was poised for a big game pouring in a flurry of points in the first quarter, however the score remained tied 27-27 after one.
The home side gained a slight edge in the second quarter. With Melvin Johnson III having a tough time getting shots to fall, despite knocking down 10 three-pointers in his previous contest, Tydran Beaty stepped up for the Miracles to give them a three point egde at halftime, 47-44.
A huge third quarter would prove to be the different maker in this afternoon tilt as the Riptide came out hot right off the bat in the second half. Anthony Anderson broke out in the frame giving Saint John a lead that they would never relinquish. The Riptide outscored Moncton 28-14 in the third to take a 72-61 lead into the final quarter. Freeman and Anderson continued the pace as Rob Spon’s squad posted 29 points in the fourth quarter to take the win on the road 101-87.
Anderson was the high man for the Riptide finishing with 27 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Freeman posted 23 points and 14 rebounds, with Haakim Johnson following him with 19 and eight boards. Brian Addison, starting in place of Stover, pulled down an impressive 12 rebounds in the contest as well. Johnson III lead the way for the Miracles for a second straight game with 14 points.
Next up for the Riptide is Thursday, February 23rd when they host the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans for the first time this season. Tip-off is set for 7pm at Harbour Station.