Cadougan has 32 points, but it's not enough against league leaders
A late fourth-quarter push wasn’t enough to prevent the St. John’s Edge from dropping their second straight road game as they fell 109-102 to the National Basketball League of Canada-leading Moncton Magic Tuesday night in southeastern New Brunswick.
The Edge (15-10) were up early, but the Magic (18-8) moved in front halfway through the first quarter and never looked back.
Still, St. John’s kept it close throughout and moved to within five points of Moncton when guard Junior Cadougan made a lay up with less than two minutes remaining in the contest.
But the visitors could get no nearer.
Cadougan had a game-high 32 points for the Edge, who had five others score in double figures. However, the St. John’s cause took a first-quarter hit when starting centre Glen Davis, who opened up with seven points in four minutes of work, was forced from the game by an injury and didn’t return.
The Edge were already playing without reigning MVP Carl English, who had been in the lineup as they won their first two games of the current road trip. However, English who has dealt with injuries throughout the season, was placed on the reserve list prior to a loss to the Hurricanes Sunday in Halifax.
Tuesday in Moncton, Obinna Oleka recorded his third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for St. John’s, while Dez Lee also had 14 points to go with nine rebounds.
Isaiah Tate (11) and Olu Ashaolu (10) supplied scoring off the bench for the Edge, while starter Diego Kapelan also had 10 points.
Lee and Cadougan both dished out six assists.
The Magic were led by the just-signed Trey Kell, who had 24 points and a dozen rebounds.Corey Allmond chipped in with 15 fo Moncton,
St. John’s closes out its road trip tonight in Saint John, N.B., against the Riptide (9-17). It’s part of a busy week for the Edge, who are scheduled to return to Newfoundland Thursday for a brief two-game home stand at Mile One Centre, where they take on the Windsor Express Friday night and Sunday afternoon.