Rainmen Earn Decisive Game Three Victory
(Halifax,NS): Returning for their first home game in 24 days, the Halifax Rainmen delighted their fans inside the Scotiabank Centre with a decisive 100-70 victory over the Windsor Express in game three of the National Basketball League of Canada Championship Series. The victory gives Halifax a two games to one advantage heading into game four.
After taking a six day break between games, the Windsor Express seemed unable to find their offensive footing throughout the game, as the defending league champions were held to just 13 points in the opening frame. Heading into the second quarter with a double digit lead, 24-13, Halifax never looked back, slowing increasing the gap, and closing the half up 47-32. Despite the 15 point lead, Halifax knew there were adjustments to make, as they were unable to capitalize on many offensive opportunities in the first half.
As the second half got underway both teams went cold, with only a single basket falling in the first 2 minutes of the quarter. Halifax would quickly re-establish their offensive footing, putting away 24 points in the third frame, and heading into the final 12 minutes with a 71-49 lead. The fourth quarter was much of the same for Halifax, as Windsor seemingly could do no right on the floor, unable to contain the Rainmen or put together a meaningful run of their own. When the final buzzer sounded Halifax had secured the commanding 30 point victory, 100-70.
In a turn of fortunes Halifax experienced their most success from the free throw line in game 3, sinking 28 of 33 shots, 85%, a far cry from the mid 60% range the team usually shoots. These points contributed in a big way to the win.
Halifax was led by Kevin Young, who had a double double on the night with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Joey Haywood and Tyrone Watson, two members of the NBLC's All Canadian Team, contributed 15 and 14 points respectively. Jermaine Dailey had 10 rebounds for the Rainmen. Windsor Express were led by Kirk Williams Jr who had 13 points on the night, while Quinnel Brown had 11. Tim Parham pulled down 7 rebounds for the Express in his return to Halifax.
Game four goes Friday, April 24th at 7pm inside the Scotiabank Centre. The Windsor Express will be looking to respond in a big way and even up the series, but all the momentum is clearly with the Rainmen. You can get your tickets now, at the Scotiabank Centre Box Office, through Ticket Atlantic, or by calling (902)444-7246(RAIN).
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