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Rainmen Lose to Millrats on Buzzer Beater

December 13, 2012 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

On Thursday the Rainmen travelled to Saint John to take on the Mill Rats. It was a game of runs, as the Rainmen got off to a 21-9 start, thanks to Joey Haywood's eight points, but the Mill Rats responded with a 18-2 run of their own and led 27-23 midway through the 2nd. The Rainmen were able to go on a 15-2 run to end the half leading 47-33, led by Josiah Turner with 12 and Joey Haywood with 10.

The Mill Rats won the 3rd quarter 30-20 but the Rainmen still led 67-63 going into the fourth. The Mill Rats began the fourth quarter on a 25-13 run to take a 82-76 lead with 7 minutes to play. With under two minutes to go, new Rainmen forward Eric Frederick's had lay-ups on two straight possessions to cut the Mill Rats lead to 93-91 with just over a minute to play. The Rainmen forced the Mill Rats to commit a five-second inbounding violation and Frederick hit another layup to tie it at 93. Jerice Crouch hit two free-throws and then Brant Bailey hit a three to make it 96-95 with 20 seconds to play. Bailey hit a free-throw to extend lead to 97-95 with only 3.6 seconds left. Trailing by 2 with 3.6 seconds to play, the Mill Rats inbounded to Antonio Burks, who shot a turn-around 3 pointer which took a friendly bounce and gave the Mill Rats a buzzer-beating win, 98-97.

The Rainmen were led by another all-around effort, as they had six players score in double-figures, led by Josiah Turner with 19 points and 8 rebounds, Brant Bailey with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Antoine Tisby with 16 points and 6 rebounds, Quinnel Brown with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Eric Frederick with 15 points and Joey Haywood finished with 12 points.

The Mill Rats were led by Jerice Crouch with a game high 32 points, Anthony Anderson with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Cavell Johnson finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Antonio Burk's buzzer-beating 3 was his only basket of the game.

The Mill Rats improve to 5-7, while the Rainmen fall to 7-6. The Rainmen play against the Summerside Storm this Sunday December 16 at 2PM at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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