Watson buzzer beater lifts Hurricanes over Edge

Jordan Washington drives to the basket against the St. John's Edge on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
Jordan Washington drives to the basket against the St. John's Edge on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

The Hurricanes weathered a gritty 20-point comeback from the St. John's Edge to escape with a 112-111 thanks to late-game heroics from Gabe Freeman and Tyron Watson. 

With just 14 seconds left, Freeman, who finished with a team-high 24 points and a game-high 15 rebounds hit a three to put the Hurricanes up. Then with just four seconds remaining and a trailing by one, veteran Hurricanes Tyrone Watson tipped the ball in at the final buzzer to give the Hurricanes their fourth-straight win and second from the weekend back-to-back matchups. Watson has been coming off the bench for Hurricanes Head Coach Mike Leslie and finished with 14 points, three rebounds and four assists. 

The Hurricanes led the entire game until late in the fourth quarter when the St. John's Edge completed their comeback thanks to backup point guard Maurice Jone's Sr., who had a game-high 30 points for the Newfoundland squad. 

Halifax shot the ball exceptionally well on Sunday -- better than 52 per cent from the floor and 45 per cent from the three-point line. Explosive guard Joel Kindred got the Scotiabank Centre crowd excited with his 20 points, including two from deep. 

Forward Kedar Edwards played an efficient, high-effort game and finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.

For Freeman, his team-best performance came against the team that cut him loose on Nov. 16. Since signing with the Hurricanes, the former National Basketball League of Canada MVP has provided a versatile scoring punch for Halifax.

The Hurricanes now have a week off to rest after their two-game weekend. On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Hurricanes host the Moncton Magic at Scotiabank Centre at 2 p.m. The Hurricanes will be looking for some payback against their Atlantic rivals after losing the first two games of the season against them. Tickets for the game can be bought at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or online

Season tickets are also available. Go to HalifaxHurricanes.ca/Tickets/Season_Tickets to learn more.