HALIFAX, NS – The shorthanded Saint John Riptide went on the road for a tough meeting with the division-leading Halifax Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. Three big pieces were out serving suspensions for the Riptide in Gabe Freeman, Anthony Anderson, and Anthony Stover.
However, the eight players that were in the lineup were ready and prepared to give it their best effort. The game started off fairly well as the Riptide managed to keep their deficit below double digits in the opening 12 minutes of play. Halifax lead 31-24 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the lead did not shrink but Saint John was able to match the Hurricanes in scoring with 25 apiece in the frame. 56-49 was the score in favour of Halifax at the half.
It was a similar story in the third quarter as the Riptide tried to keep pace with a strong Halifax squad. Darin Mency continued his big performance as Saint John matched the Hurricanes 31-31 in the quarter, but trailed 87-80 going in the final quarter.
Halifax would go on to extend their lead by four in the fourth quarter and take the win 113-102. Darin Mency was the high-man for Saint John finishing with 32 points and while Haakim Johnson posted 24 points and nine rebounds. Olu Famutimi also added 16 and Horace Wormely 13, with Brian Addison notching a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Antoine Mason paced the Hurricanes with 19 points and nine rebounds.
These two teams meet again Thursday, March 2nd at Harbour Station. Before that though, the Riptide will face another very tough opponent in the London Lightning on Tuesday, 28 at Harbour Station. Both games will tip-off at 7pm.