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Halifax Earns Series Split with Game Two Victory in Windsor

April 17, 2015 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

(Halifax,NS): The Halifax Rainmen needed to even up their National Basketball League of Canada Finals series against the Windsor Express Friday evening, and were able to do just that, with a 100-93 victory over the defending champions. The series now moves to Halifax tied up at one game apiece.

Halifax took control from the opening tip-off, going on an 8-0 run early in the first quarter. Windsor was able to close the gap midway through the quarter, however Halifax's shooting from beyond the three point line, created the separation the Rainmen needed to finish the quarter up 32-19. In the second quarter the Rainmen's three point shooting cooled off slightly, only dropping 1 of 5 attempts, but they still managed to maintain a sizeable lead over the Express, thanks to tight defensive play, and limiting Windsor's ability to convert on second point opportunities. Halifax took a 15 point lead, 56-41, into half time, while Windsor were looking for answers.

The third quarter saw more of the same from both teams, with Halifax leading by as many as 21 points during the frame. Heading into the final 12 minutes of play, the Rainmen were sitting on a comfortable 82-66 lead, and poised to take game two. The fourth quarter saw the Windsor Express put up their best quarter of the game, closing the gap to within 5 points at one point. Despite their late game push, the Rainmen were able to hold off the defending champions, and send the series back to Halifax all tied up.

Tyrone Watson led the Rainmen with 16 points. Chris Cayole pitched in 14 points, and Joey Haywood had 12. Kevin Young, Nigel Spikes, and Tyrone Watson each had 9 rebounds for Halifax. Tony Bennett led the Express scorers with 25 points. Ryan Anderson and Kirk Williams Jr each had 16 points. Chris Commons grabbed 8 board.

Games 3, 4, and 5 will be played at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Game 3 will go Thursday, April 23rd, with tip-off at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased through the Scotiabank Centre Box Office, Ticket Atlantic, or by calling (902)444-7246(RAIN).

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