Halifax Falls Short of Victory in Game Four Bid
(Halifax,NS): The Halifax Rainmen were unable to ride the momentum of their big game three victory on Friday evening, as they dropped game four 109-105 to the Windsor Express. With the loss, the best of seven series is all tied up at two games apiece.
The Windsor Express were able to make the necessary adjustments coming into game four that allowed them to jump out to an early lead on the Rainmen, gaining the advantage early in the first quarter and not looking back. Halifax was unable to stop Windsor from putting away their second chance opportunities and found themselves down 29-22 heading into the second quarter. Despite keeping the game close in the first, the gap began to widen in the second, with Windsor leading by as much as 13 midway through the frame. Halifax had difficulty boxing out the Express, and getting their own shots to fall. As the Rainmen looked for answers the Express sat on a comfortable 57-49 lead at the half way mark.
The third quarter saw more of the same, as Halifax was unable to build off any momentum brought on by big three pointers, or thunderous dunks. Windsor's defensive pressure forced the Rainmen to make many undesirable shots throughout the first three quarters, and heading into the last 12 minutes Halifax was trailing 85-75. Halifax grinded it out in the fourth quarter, closing the gap, and eventually tying the game, setting up drama filled final moments inside the Scotiabank Centre. Unfortunately costly fouls in the closing moments would cost the Rainmen, as Windsor survived the last quarter push to earn the 109-105 win.
Chris Cayole led all Rainmen with 23 points on the evening. Nigel Spikes chipped in 13 points, and PJ Foster had 12 coming off the bench. Jermaine Dailey was able to pull down 10 boards for Halifax. Kirk Williams Jr had a huge game for the Windsor Express, dropping 36 points. Tony Bennett had 19. Ryan Anderson grabbed 16 rebounds.
Game five, the final championship series game in Halifax, will go Sunday, April 26th at 2pm. Tickets are available at the Scotiabank Centre Box Office, and through Ticket Atlantic.
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