Hurricanes lose tough battle in Moncton, Magic tie series 1-1

Hurricanes lose tough battle in Moncton, Magic tie series 1-1

MONCTON, N.B. —The Halifax Hurricanes fought through a back-and-forth game with the Magic in Moncton on Saturday but fell in end 96-88.

The Hurricanes were fast out of the gate, building up an 11-point lead in the first half against the Magic, but faltered in the second quarter when the Magic defence limited Halifax to just eight points in the frame.

The Hurricanes offence never quite bounced back from that quarter. They finished the game shooting 39.2 per cent from the floor.

Despite the rough efficiency, Mike Poole and Terry Thomas combined for 42 points, hitting seven threes between the two of them on the night.

Chadrack Lufile put together a strong performance. He finished with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Rhamel Brown put up 14 points to go with eight boards. The Hurricanes bench scored an uncharacteristically low 14 points on Saturday to Moncton's 23 with Jordan Washington leading the second unit with a quiet seven points.  

Wing player Trey Kell had a game-high 28 points for the Magic and former Hurricanes forward Billy White put up 22 in the Moncton win. 

The series now tied at a game apiece takes a seven-day break, resuming on Saturday, April 27 in Halifax at Scotiabank Centre at 7 p.m for Game 3. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Halifax. Tickets are available at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office or online at TicketAtlantic.com/Events/Halifax-Hurricanes-Basketball.