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Rainmen Lose to Moncton at Home

November 11, 2012 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Halifax Rainmen News Release

Riding the momentum of a two game winning streak, the Halifax Rainmen let the game slip away in the fourth quarter losing to the Moncton Miracles 90 - 86 Sunday afternoon.

With both teams missing their top scorers, the first quarter was highlighted by poor shooting with both teams firing only 26% from the field. Paul Nelson was the lone offensive bright spot in the opening frame as he accounted for seven of the Rainmen's first 15 points.

The second quarter was a mirror image of the first with the Rainmen having trouble scoring. The Rainmen tried to generate their offence through team leading scorer Brandon Robinson, but only managed 6 points from 2-7 shooting in the first half. Moncton pushed their biggest lead of the half to seven before former Arizona Wildcat Josiah Turner came off the bench to help the Rainmen close within one at the half, 39-38.

Darren Duncan carried the Rainmen offense in the third quarter with 11 points, as the team went 6-10 in a four minute stretch to give the Rainmen the lead 62 - 59 going into the fourth.

Building off his first half success, Turner had arguably his best game in a Rainmen uniform showing off his speed and ability to drive to the basket with 8 points in the fourth. A scary moment midway through the quarter when Miracles centre Jamil Terrell went down with a knee injury which forced Coach Ricky Benitez to switch to man-to-man defense for the remainder of the game.

Despite losing a large post presence in Terrell, the Miracles went on a 21-10 run to close out the game, ending 90 - 86.

Miracles shooting guard Darrell Wonge - who was a previous 2/13 this season from three - had by far his best game of the year going 6-11 from behind the arc for a game high 28pts.

Rounding out the scoring for the Miracles, Sylvania Watkins 22pts and Jamil Terrell with 16pts.

Halifax Rainmen had a balanced attack with Darren Duncan finishing with a team high 16pts followed by Josiah Turner's 15pts and Joey Haywood with 14pts.

The Rainmen face the Miracles next Saturday November 17th at 2pm at the Halifax Metro Centre.

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