SYDNEY, NS – The Saint John Riptide made the long trek down to Cape Breton for a date with the Highlanders on Tuesday night. As he nears 4000 career points and continues to be the NBL Canada’s all-time leading scorer, Anthony Anderson put together another massive performance at Centre 200.
It was a close contest early as the two teams battled in the opening 12 minutes of play. Saint John maintained control of the game but the Highlanders kept it close, trailing the Riptide 29-25 at the end of the first quarter. Anderson and Chad Frazier put on a three-point clinic in the second quarter to make things interesting. The former MVP’s six three balls in the first half gave him 22 points and a 16-point edge for his Riptide squad, 67-51 at the half.
The second half was not so kind to the Highlanders in this one. Mency and Anderson torched Cape Breton from beyond the arc in the third as their lead continued to grow. Late in the frame Saint John surpassed the 90-point mark and lead by more than 20. At the end of the quarter, the Riptide held a sizeable 19-point advantage, 97-78.
Anderson’s stellar night was far from over as he kept the heat turned up in the fourth quarter. He scored with ease and pushed his total to 11 three pointers made while bringing his point count to 51 by the end of the game. Despite playing with a short bench Saint John ran away with it easily taking the win 133-105.
Leading all scorers, Double A ended the game with 51 points and 10 assists while Mency finished with 30 points and Freeman had 21. Brown posted 14 points and nine rebounds in his first start of the season. Booker Woodfox lead the Highlanders with 22 points.