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Mill Rats Falter, Face Elimination Sunday

March 7, 2014 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Saint John Riptide News Release

(Halifax, NS): What a difference 24 hours and different postal code makes. A day after posting a 25 point lead on the Halifax Rainmen in Game 2, the Saint John Mill Rats faltered a bit in Game 3, and now face possible elimination in Game 4 on Sunday. The Mill Rats lead 79-76 going into the final quarter at the Metro Centre, but finished weak defensively and lost 110-105.

Halifax took a 30-26 first quarter lead on a strong 4-0 run to end the quarter. They lead at intermission, 51-48, after Chris Matthews three pointer broke a 48-48 tie. In the third quarter, the Mill Rats built a 74-63 lead, but the Rainmen finished the quarter on a 13-5 run including a layup by Cliff Clinkscales to beat the buzzer. It was the third straight quarter in the game that Halifax scored to beat the closing buzzer, a telltale sign of the game. Anthony Anderson tied the game at 91-91 with a three pointer with five minutes left, but a key 5-0 run a few minutes later capped with another Chris Matthews three pointer gave the Rainmen a 100-95 lead that they would not relinquish. The Mill Rats were led by Anthony Anderson with 24 points, Tyrone Levett 22, and Doug Herring Jr. 19. The Rainmen had four players in double figures, leading the way was Chris Matthews with 27 points, Raven Barber 25, while Jason Williams and Cliff Clinkscales both had 22.

"We did not execute our game plan offensively, and did not play with energy on defense tonight," said Mill Rats Head Coach Rob Spon. "Halifax is a very good team, this is not the team that started the season 0-10. We need to bounce back on Sunday and play our style of basketball, and I'm confident we will."

The Mill Rats and Rainmen are back in action for Game 4 on Sunday March 9th at 2:00 PM at the Metro Centre. If Halifax wins, they advance to the Atlantic Division Championship, and face the winner of the Moncton/PEI series. If Saint John wins, Game 5 shifts back to Saint John on March 15th at 7PM at UNB-SJ.

The Saint John Mill Rats are part of the National Basketball League of Canada.

National Basketball League of Canada founded in 2011, is a Canada's only professional basketball league. There are currently 10 teams, with 2 divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadians, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.

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