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Rainmen Lose on the Road in Overtime

December 23, 2012 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

The Halifax Rainmen came just short of pulling off the impossible on Sunday in Moncton. An awful start by the Rainmen gave the Miracles an 18-0 lead just five minutes into the game, and by the end of the first quarter the Miracles were up 35-12, led by nine points each by Devin Sweetney and Darrell Wonge. The Rainmen were able to turn it around slightly in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Miracles 26-23 but still trailed 58-38 going into the half. In the first half the Miracles were led by Sweetney with 20 points, Wonge with 11 and Isaac Butts with 10 points and 9 rebounds. The Rainmen were led by Eric Frederick, Tyrone Levett and Quinnel Brown with seven points each.

After halftime the Rainmen looked like a different team. They went on a 5-0 run to start the half, cutting the Miracles lead to 15 for the first time since 15-0. Seven straight points by Brant Bailey made it 75-66 with 1:51 to play in the 3rd. Five straight points by Melvin Goins made it 78-71 going into the fourth quarter, as the Rainmen outscored the Miracles 33-20 in the 3rd. In the fourth quarter, Melvin Goins scored six straight to cut the Miracles lead to one and then a jump shot by Quinnel Brown gave the Rainmen their first lead of the game, 86-85 with 8:47 to play. A Goins three pointer gave the Rainmen a 94-91 lead with 5:17 to play. After a Joey Haywood layup gave the Rainmen a 100-97 lead with 1:45 to play, the teams traded possessions before Devin Sweetney hit a long 3 with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 100 and send it to overtime. Unfortunately the Rainmen comeback hopes ran out of steam in overtime, as the Rainmen could only score six points, four by Joey Haywood, and were outscored single-handedly by Darrell Wonge as he scored seven of the Miracles 16 points in overtime, as the Miracles won with a final score of 116-106. The Miracles improved to 9-10 on the season, while the Rainmen dropped their 4th straight loss and fell to 7-9 on the season.

Although the Rainmen 46% from the field was better than the Miracles 44%, the Miracles recieved 49 free throws off of 34 Rainmen fouls, while the Rainmen shot 35 free throws off of 26 Miracles fouls. The Rainmen were also outrebounded 60-40 including 18-4 on the Offensive Glass.

The Rainmen were led by Melvin Goins who had 19 of his season high 25 points in the second half and added seven assists. Joey Haywood scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Overtime, Quinnel Brown had 17 points and Brant Bailey finished with 15.

The Miracles were led by Devin Sweetney who scored a Miracles franchise record 36 points, Darrell Wonge who scored 25, Oliver McNally who had 15 points and 12 assists and Isaac Butts who had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Halifax is on the road for the next two games against division rivals, Summerside and Saint John.

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