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Riptide fall to Magic in game with plenty of fireworks

MONCTON – Four days after surrendering a 23-point lead in a loss to the Saint John Riptide, the Moncton Magic made sure there was no second-half collapse Sunday afternoon, downing their provincial rivals 111-76.

In a game that saw five technical fouls called, the Magic provided most of the fireworks from the offensive end, shooting 49 per cent from the field to improve to 17-9, tops in the National Basketball League of Canada.

Frank Bartley was the leading scorer for the ‘Tide with 22 points, while Brent Arrington added 15. Bryce Washington was one point from a double-double with 10 rebounds and nine points for the 9-17 Riptide.

Corey Allmond scored 24 in a little over a half of basketball to lead the way for the Magic, who had six players score in double figures. Trey Kell added 15 in his first game for Moncton.

Saint John trailed 79-58 heading into the final quarter. The ‘Tide got within eight midway through the period before the Magic took over late.

Both Allmond and Riptide veteran Jeremiah Mordi were ejected two and a half minutes into the second half.

Allmond had just hit his eighth three-pointer of the game and engaged in some trash talk with Mordi. The back-and-forth continued all the way down the floor despite admonishments from the officials, who finally had enough, and tossed the feisty guards.

The Magic led 53-37 after first two periods thanks to Allmond’s long-range shooting. Maryland native surpassed his season average of 19 points per game – scoring 21 in the first half by going 7-9 from three-point range.

The Magic led 24-20 after one quarter.

The ‘Tide are back in action at home for two games this week – Wednesday against the St. John’s Edge and Thursday versus the Island Storm. Both games are 7 p.m. tip offs.

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