The St. John's Edge's broadcasters said it best: the Halifax Hurricanes bent, but they didn't break. That was definitely the case after a 30-point lead was reduced to single digits and the Hurricanes were limited to just 7 points in the third quarter.
The Hurricanes showed real resolve when they countered the Edge's comeback attempt to secure a 104-70 win in St. John's on Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes led the entire game against the Newfoundland squad and with tough, focused defence, limited the Edge to just 27 per cent shooting in the first half, and just 30.8 per cent for the game.
Halifax only wavered in the third quarter, when the in the final minutes, the Edge cut the Hurricanes massive lead to just nine points on an impressive 26-7 run.
Every Hurricane on the roster got involved in Tuesday night's offence, led by North Preston's own Terry Thomas, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist.
Mike Poole seconded that with 16 points, six boards and three assists. His sole three-pointer on the evening came at a critical time for the Hurricanes in the fourth.
Rhamel Brown anchored the Hurricanes' defence. He had nine rebounds to go with two blocks and four points. His post-mate Chadrack Lufile grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds and blocked 1 shot, and scored seven points.
Off the bench, Joel Kindred poured in 14 points on 50 per cent shooting.
For the Edge, guard Junior Cadougan has a team-high 19 points, while former NBA big, Glen Davis scored 14 and grabbed eight boards.
The Hurricanes will remain in St. John's and get another crack at the Edge on Thursday, Jan. 31. That game is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. AST. Watch the action live on NBLCLive.ca.
The Hurricanes swing back home to Halifax on Saturday to host the defending National Basketball League of Canada Champions, the London Lightning at Scotiabank Centre. Saturday will be Basketball Nova Scotia night. Kids who wear their team's jersey will be eligible for prizes! You can get tickets for that game at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or online!