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Rainmen Lose Big Game on the Road

March 3, 2013 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

On Sunday the Halifax Rainmen travelled to Saint John to take on their Atlantic Conference Rivals the Saint John Mill Rats, in the final of the 8 regular season meetings between the teams this season. The Mill Rats had a strong second-half on their way to a 121-111 victory, as the two teams are now have identical 18-18 records with four games to play, and tied their regular-season series with 4 wins each.

In the first quarter the Rainmen outscored the Mill Rats 28-23 led by guards Melvin Goins and Joey Haywood with 7 points each. The Rainmen took a 51-48 lead into the half, on the strength of 51% shooting from the field and 43% from 3. The Rainmen were led in the first half by forward Tyrone Levett with 12 points and point guard Goins who had 10 points and 4 rebounds. The Mill Rats were led Antonio Burks with 15, Jerice Crouch with 13 and Kenny Jones with 12 and 6 rebounds.

In the second half, the Mill Rats were led by guard Jerice Crouch who scored 17 in the half, finishing with 30 points, and outscored the Rainmen 73-60 on their way to the 121-111 victory. Also chipping in for the Mill Rats were forwards Antonio Burks- with 29 points off the bench, and Kenny Jones, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his 3rd double-double in the Mill Rats last 3 games.

The Rainmen were led in the losing effort by point guard Melvin Goins who had 30 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian guard Joey Haywood had 20, Cedric Moodie chipped in with 14 and Akeem Wright had 11 off the bench for the Rainmen. The Rainmen outshot the Mill Rats 51%- 49%, but were whistled for 32 fouls compared to the Mill Rats 22.

The Rainmen return to the Halifax Metro Centre next Saturday, March 9th at 7PM, as they host the Oshawa Power, and look to improve their standing in the tight race for the NBL Canada Playoffs.

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