(CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI) Just days after an inspirational come from behind victory against the league leading Moncton Magic, the Five took to the court in Charlottetown Thursday evening looking for back-to-back road wins to close out their final road trip of the season.
The Island got off to a quick start, opening the game on an 8-0 run. It took just over four minutes, but Braylon Rayson scored the first bucket for the Five. Devin Gilligan sparked the Five in the first, scoring nine of the team’s first 15 points. Strong defense offset the team’s poor shooting in the first, helping the Five take the early lead, 27-20 to close the quarter.
The Five continued their momentum into the second quarter. Thanks to strong shooting from Canadian Mamadou Gueye, the Five extended their lead to 15 points nearing the halfway mark of the second. The Island fought back, led by former Carleton Raven Guillaume Boucard. The Canadian scored eight points in the second and collected seven rebounds, all of which were in his own end of the court. The Island scored 40 points in the second to eliminate the Five lead, entering half-time all locked up at 60.
Sudbury struggled to begin the third quarter, scoring only three points in the first two minutes of the frame. The offense started to click at the halfway mark of the third, tying things up with just under six minutes to play. League MVP candidate Braylon Rayson carried the Five in the third, scoring 11 points and adding three assists. The Five were out battled on the glass, with the Island out rebounding the Five 11-6 in the third. After three quarters the Five found themselves trailing the Island 94-91.
The Five battled in the fourth, with guard Jaylen Bland coming alive in the final twelve minutes. After scoring just three points through the first three quarters, Bland scored 12 points off four three pointers in the fourth. Cory Dixon locked things down on the glass for the Five, collecting seven rebounds in the final frame. The battle was too little too late as the Island starters scored 25 of the team’s 31 points in the fourth, taking the victory 125-119.
Braylon Rayson finished with a team high 27 points, assisting on seven also grabbing three rebounds. Cory Dixon collected his twelfth double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Mamadou Gueye was named the BOSS Supplements Sudbury BOSS of the Game for the Five, after his strongest game in a Sudbury jersey. The Quebec City, QB native finished with 20 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Five now return home for their final three games of the season. The Five will take on Moncton next Thursday as they look for an important home victory to close out their inaugural season. Tickets are available online at www.thefive.caor in person at the Sudbury Arena Box Office.