The Halifax Hurricanes ended 2018 on a high note with a win against the Cape Breton Highlanders at Centre 200 on Monday evening.
The 112-109 victory evened out the Hurricanes record and 8-8 and snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Highlanders.
Halifax led the Highlanders through most of the game by double-digits, but Cape Breton managed to steal their first and only lead of the game in the fourth quarter after taking advantage of Halifax turnovers and an accidental tip-in from Halifax's Gabe Freeman.
Halifax was able to recapture the lead late in the fourth and sealed their victory at the free throw line and on the defensive end in the final play of the game that resulted in a technical foul to the Cape Breton bench to give the Hurricanes a three-point cushion to end it.
The Hurricanes had their best three-point shooting game of the season on Monday, shooting 60 per cent from beyond the arc through three quarters, only coming down to a still stellar 54.2 per cent in the fourth to finish the game, hitting 13 of 24 three-balls.
After a 30-point performance against St. John's on Sunday, Mike Poole continued his hot streak, going 5-7 from three on his way to a team-high 25 points. His final two points at the free-throw line sealed the win for the Hurricanes in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Poole also dished out six assists and grabbed four steals in his all-around best game of the season.
Halifax forward Gabe Freeman was back to his familiar self after a couple of low-scoring games with a 24-point, five rebound outing, shooting 61 per cent from the floor and sinking two from three.
Tyrone Watson and Cliff Clinkscales each put up 13 points in the win and Clinkscales dished out 10 assists to get his team going. Six Hurricanes scored at least 10 points in the winning effort, including Rhamel Brown, who recaptured the Hurricanes lead in the fourth quarter.
The Highlanders were led by their star guard Bruce Massey who had a game-high 30 points to go with his eight assists, four steals and six rebounds.
The Hurricanes start 2019 with a game against the Riptide in Saint John, New Brunswick on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.
The next home game at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax is on Jan. 12 against the division-leading Moncton Magic at 7 p.m. Buy your tickets at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or online.