June 1, 2017 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Hurricanes
Halifax, NS - Game four of the NBL Canada finals was played Thursday night at the Scotiabank Centre in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Hurricanes defeated the Lightning by a score of 94-85, putting the seven game series at a 2-2 tie.
Halifax seemed to start the game with a lid on their basket, having difficulty getting any shots to drop in the first quarter, resulting in a slim 15 point output on 26 per cent shooting from the field. They would finish the first frame trailing the Lightning by a score of 22-15. The second quarter was a different story, however, with the Canes having success attacking the basket, clamping down defensively and getting quality minutes from their reserves. Halifax would outscore the Lightning 29-13 in the second quarter, taking a 44-35 lead into the half.
Halifax was able to push their lead to as much as 13 points in the third quarter, however the Lightning would switch to a full court press part way through and used it to put the Hurricanes back on their heels, outscoring them 26-21 in the quarter and shrinking the Canes lead to 65-61 at the end of the frame. Halifax was able to withstand the Lightning press in the fourth and hold on for the win.
All of the Hurricanes starters reached double digits in scoring, with shooting guard Antoine Mason leading the way again with 19 points. Billy White added another double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Renaldo Dixon chipped in 17 points in the win.
The Lightning were led by reserve forward Marcus Capers who dropped 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ryan Anderson, despite having an off night shooting, had a double-double scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Game five will be played in Halifax on Saturday, June 3rd.