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Halifax Squeaks out Hard-Fought Game Two Victory

March 20, 2015 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

(Halifax,NS): The Halifax Rainmen and the Island Storm engaged in an all out battle Friday night inside the Scotiabank Centre, with the Rainmen earning the 107-105 victory, and going up 2-0 in the Atlantic Division Finals. A boisterous crowd witnessed a physical affair that was a stark departure from the play in game one.

The Island Storm were able to jump out to an early lead in the first half and applied excellent defensive pressure, shutting down the Rainmen through the first 24 minutes of play. Brandon Robinson torched the Rainmen through the first two quarters, leading his team with 20 points heading into the half. While Halifax was able to keep the game close after two, only trailing 56-46, they could seemingly find no answers to the Storm in game two. The halftime break would prove to be beneficial for the Rainmen as they came out strong in the third, going on a 16-0 run early in the frame, thanks to back to back four point plays. Joey Haywood and Seiya Ando contributed in a big way through the third quarter, allowing Halifax to enter the final frame with an 89-82 lead.

In the final quarter of action Halifax was able to widen the lead to 13 points, however the Storm would not go quietly, playing aggressively and closing the gap to four as time ticked away. Seiya Ando nailed a free throw with two seconds left, putting the Rainmen up by five, and putting the game out of reach. A last second three point shot was good for the Storm, who fell 107-105.

Kevin Young led the Rainmen in game two in both points, 26, and rebounds, 9. Joey Haywood and Tyrone Watson each chipped in 14 points in the winning effort. Brandon Robinson drained 36 points for the Storm. Mike Martin had a double double for the Storm, hitting 15 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Game three goes Sunday, March 22nd inside the Eastlink Centre at 2pm. The game will be broadcast live on Eastlink Television, or can be viewed through the Island Storm YouTube Channel.

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