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Hurricanes fall to the Central Division leaders late in the game

February 9, 2020 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Hurricanes News Release

LONDON, ON. - Joel Kindred's season high 37 points combined with Antoine Mason's 22 points for the Halifax Hurricanes presented by Eastlink wasn't enough versus the London Lightning in a 112-97defeat at the Budweiser Gardens today in London, Ontario.

The Hurricanes and Lightning went back and forth in the opening quarter. Halifax was led by Joel Kindred and Carl Hall, who finished with six points apiece. Under a minute to play in the quarter Antoine Mason and Ta'Quan Zimmerman hit back to back three pointers to get the Hurricanes within two. The Lightning Marvin Binney made a basket with :13 seconds left to push the lead up to four, Binney led all scorers with seven points. Cliff Clinkscales would hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to cut the lead to one. Halifax trailed 24-23 after one.

In the second quarter Halifax gets off to a quick great start. A basket by Carl Hall gives the Hurricanes the lead and they would carry the lead much of the quarter. Their largest lead would grow to seven. At the end of the quarter, the Lightning would fight back with three-pointers from Marcus Capers and Marvin Binney to get them within two. Capers would tie the game with two free throws. Carl Hall would give the Hurricanes back the lead hitting one of two free throws. Marvell Waithe and Joel Kindred led the way for Halifax. Waithe who was held scoreless in the first quarter finished with seven points off the bench. Kindred would post six points in the frame, and lead the team with 12 points.Halifax led 47-46 at half time.

Joel Kindred would get off to a tremendous start in the third quarter. Kindred would score eight points in 3:15 to give the Hurricanes a five point lead. Kindred would go on to score 13 points in the quarter. The Hurricanes would jump out to their largest by seven once again. Antoine Mason would score 13 points including two three-pointers in the frame. The Lightning would fight back and eventually close the gap. Anthony Gaines JR. would tie the game with :24 seconds. A couple of Antoine Mason free throws would give the Hurricanes the lead 79-77 entering the fourth quarter.

The Lightning jumped all over Halifax at the start of the final quarter. London took the lead with two quick baskets by Marcus Capers and Marvin Binney and they would not look back. Maurice Bolden, Randy Phillips, and Anthony Gaines JR would be too much for Halifax to handle in the final frame, combining for 29 points. London out scored Halifax 35 to 18.

London would convert 17 offensive rebounds into 20 points in the game. They would also out score Halifax 56 to 22 with points in the paint. Halifax would finish the game shooting 47 percent from the field and 13 for 32 from three-point range. Joel Kindred would sink five three-pointers in the losing effort.

The Hurricanes return to the Scotiabank Centre Thursday night February 13th where they will take on the Windsor Express on 'SMU Night' sponsored by the Scotia Square.

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