Mill Rats Season Ends on a Sour Note
(Halifax, NS): The Saint John Mill Rats season ends on a sour note as the upstart Halifax Rainmen, who started the season 0-10, won Game 4 of the best-of-five series, 123-102, and will move on the Atlantic Division Championship.
Saint John started exactly the way they wanted to, jumping out to a 17-9 lead. But Halifax was just lying in wait as they exploded from the perimeter to take a 62-50 halftime lead. A key moment in the second quarter was an intentional foul by Damian Gay, who was subsequently ejected. The Rainmen went on a 10-0 run following the play.
In the third quarter the teams traded baskets for a while before things started to go awry for Saint John. The Rainmen took an 89-73 lead into the fourth quarter, but Saint John couldnt get any closer.
Halifax shot a blistering 61% for the game, including 65% from three point range, and 91% from the line.
The Mill Rats were led by Anthony Anderson with 42 points, Doug Herring Jr. 15, and Raheem Singleton 13. The Rainmen were led by Jason Williams with 26, Brian Addison 24, and Chris Matthews 22.
"This series result is tough to swallow. I feel bad for the guys who gave it their all, but they went down swinging and that's really all you can ask for," said Mill Rats President & General Manager Ian McCarthy. "Unfortunately we had injuries to Will Blalock, Jermaine Blackburn, and others this season, and tried to make adjustments but it didn't go according to plan obviously."
"I feel the fans embraced the team more this year than any other season, so its hurts for them as well. But we are going to put our heads together in the coming weeks and months to figure out what we need to do to be successful in Saint John on and off the court in the future."
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