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Halifax Drops Game Six After Stunning Second Half Collapse

April 28, 2015 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

(Halifax,NS): In a game where they needed to be perfect for a full four quarters, the Halifax Rainmen were anything but, as an epic defensive collapse in the third quarter eventually led to a 119-112 Windsor Express victory, forcing a deciding Game 7 Thursday night.

The first half saw the Rainmen continue their hot offensive play from Game 5, however foul trouble midway through the quarter allowed Windsor to pull ahead thanks to numerous opportunities from the Free Throw line. Heading into the second quarter Halifax found themselves in a small 32-28 deficit, but would rebound in a big way. Thanks to the proficient three point shooting of guards Seiya Ando, and PJ Foster, Halifax created seperation between themselves and the Express. Windsor could seemingly find no way to contain the Rainmen in the second quarter, and the half finished with Halifax up 63-51.

Coming back from the break Halifax seemed to be riding a wave of momentum, going up by as many as 15 points early in the third. Unfortunately that would be the last taste of consistent play for Halifax as Windsor began to take over, putting up 34 points in the frame, and tying the game at 85 heading into the final 12 minutes of play. Windsor began to widen the gap down the stretch, going up by as many as nine. Despite a late surge from the Rainmen, it was just too little, too late, as they fell to the defending NBL Canada Champions, who forced a Game 7, where they are a perfect 3 and 0 as a franchise.

Seiya Ando led all Rainmen with 27 points. Liam McMorrow had his best offensive output of the finals, with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Quinnel Brown had 30 points for the Express, while Jamarcus Ellis pulled down 9 boards.

Game 7 goes Thursday night from the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Game time is 8pm.

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