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Rainmen Beat Express on the Road

January 18, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

On Friday night the Halifax Rainmen continued their Ontario road-trip in Windsor, as the Rainmen pulled out a 97-87 victory over the Windsor Express.

The Rainmen started the game out strong, as Joey Haywood's lay-up gave them a 14-6 lead. By the end of the 1st quarter, the Rainmen led 23-18. In the second quarter the Express cut into the Rainmen lead, but a lay-up by Tisby followed by a last-second 3 pointer by Tyrone Levett gave the Rainmen a 46-42 lead at half. The Rainmen shot an amazing 5/7 from downtown in the first half and were led by Levett who scored 7 of his 10 first half points in the second quarter, Tisby with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Brown with nine points.

In the second half, Quinnel Brown's lay-up made it a 8-2 run to start the 3rd and the Rainmen led 54-44 but the Express then came-back and took the lead before Brown's last-second 3 pointer gave the Rainmen a 70-68 lead after 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter Brown hit another 3 to make it 80-75 with 7:47 to play, and then Trayvon Lathan made five straight points to give the Rainmen a 85-75 lead with ten minutes to go. Antoine Tisby's offensive rebound And-1 gave the Rainmen a 92-85, and after Quinnel Brown hit 2 free-throws the Rainmen led 97-87 with 2:12 to play. The Express then went on a 7-0 run, but Cedric Moodie hit 2 clutch free-throws to seal the Rainmen win, 99-94.

The Rainmen were led by their inside-duo of Quinnel Brown with 24 points including a perfect 3/3 from 3 point range and Antoine Tisby with a monster double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures for the Rainmen were Cedric Moodie with 13, Joey Haywood with 12 and Tyrone Levett finished with ten. The Express were led by former Rainmen guard Darren Duncan with 19 points and 7 assists, guard Stefan Bonneau with 16 points, Chris Commons with 14 and Mike Helms and Anthony Johnson with 11 each. The Rainmen shot over 56% (9/16) from downtown, and out rebounded the Express 52-34, as they improved to 12-13 on the season, second in the Atlantic Conference and fourth in the NBL Canada.

The Rainmen now return home to the Halifax Metro Centre, to face the 13-15 Moncton Miracles on Sunday at 2PM and the 14-10 Oshawa Power on Thursday at 7PM.

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