Power Too Strong for the Rainmen
On Wednesday the Rainmen travelled to Ontario to take on the Oshawa Power -losing in a tight battle in overtime 127-124.
In the first quarter the Rainmen were led by their newest acquisition Cedric Moodie, who came off the bench to score 8 straight points as part of an 11-0 Rainmen run to take the lead. Moodie finished the quarter with 10 points and the Rainmen led 32-21. In the second quarter, the Rainmen were outscored 38-31, but still took a 63-59 lead into halftime, led by Trayvon Lathan who had 12 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Rainmen in the 2nd, and Cedric Moodie and Quinnel Brown who each finished the first half with 10, while Bo Harris led the Power with 16.
In the third the Rainmen outscored the Power 27-21, led by Joey Haywood with 10 and held a 90-80 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Rainmen worked hard to fight off the Power come-back and led 106-98 with 3:51 to play, before the Power went on a 12-3 run to take the lead 110-109 with 1:24 to play. Cedric Moodie hit a clutch 3 to give the Rainmen a 114-111 lead with 32 seconds left, but the Power answered and after Moodie and Okorie traded free-throws, the game was tied at 115 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, Joey Haywood opened the scoring with a 3 to give the Rainmen a 118-115 lead. Trayvon Lathan's lay-up gave the Rainmen a 121-119 lead with 2:10 to play, but Nick Okorie scored 6 straight points to give the Power a 125-121 lead with 1:06 to play. Haywood then hit another 3 to make it a one point game, but Bo Harris calmly sunk two free-throws. On the final Rainmen possession, Joey Haywood's attempt at 3 rimmed out, and the Rainmen lost a heart-breaker, 127-124.
The Rainmen once again had a balanced offensive effort, as 7 of their 9 players scored in double-figures, led by Haywood with 27 points. Trayvon Lathan had 20 & 9 rebounds, Cedric Moodie had 19, Quinnel Brown had 14, Malcolm White 13, Antoine Tisby 12 and Hillary Haley 10. The Power were led by their big 3 of Nick Okorie, Jushay Rockett and Bo Harris, who combined for 94 of their 127 points. Okorie scored 20 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and added 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Rockett scored 20 of his 35 in the second half plus 8 rebounds, and Harris added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Rainmen bench outscored the Power bench 62-13. Fouls ended up hurting the Rainmen, as they committed 32 fouls and had 3 players foul out, while the Power were only whistled for 21 fouls. The Rainmen fell to 11-13 on the season, and continue their Ontario road-trip against Windsor on Friday night, before returning home to host the Miracles on Sunday.
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