Thursday, November 06, 2014

Game Day #2: Moncton Miracles vs. Halifax Rainmen

It’s time for the Moncton Miracles (1-0) to make a comeback after losing 97-125 against the Saint John Mill Rats (1-0) in their season opener.

After, their devastating loss, the organisation shook things up by releasing 6’5 shooting guard Matt Hunter and 6’7 forward Decourcey Jones. The team was without Trayvon Lathan and rookie Harold Washington due to waiting for FIBA clearance.

The Miracles have since signed former Storm player Shawn Vanzant and the “lethal shooter,” Chris Matthews, formerly of the Rainmen.

Vanzant, the Butler University graduate, ranked number seven in the NBL standings in assist to turnover ratio (2.326), played 52 games with the Island Storm in the 2013-14 season, averaged 6 points per game, shot 42% from the floor, 42% from the 3 point range, and 77% on the free throw line.

Matthews knows how to run the court and take care of business, ranked number eight in the NBL standings for total 3 point field goals made (106). Played in 49 games for the Rainmen, averaged 14 points per game shot 46% from the floor, 42% from the 3 point range, and 84% on the free throw line. Matthews style is comparable to former Miracle players Devin Sweetney and Johnny Mayhane.

With Vanzant, Matthews, Lathan and Washington, the Miracles have the recipe to take down the Rainmen. The Miracles had a good scoring balance offensively last game, but need to turn it up when it comes to steals, rebounds, and keeping the ball in their favour.

Tip-off is 7 p.m. on Friday, November 7th at the Moncton Coliseum.