Rainmen Lose to Moncton Miracles
(HALIFAX, NS) A disastrous third quarter put the Halifax Rainmen in a hole they couldn't recover from as they dropped their second game in a row to the Moncton Miracles 109 - 87.
For the second time in a week, the undersized and undermanned Miracles came onto Halifax's court and won.
In the first game after the firing of their head coach Cliff Levingston, the Rainmen came out strong in the opening quarter, as interim coach Colter Simmons preached tough defense and rebounding as they controlled the boards 21 - 9 after the opening quarter.
Despite being out rebounded, Moncton stayed in the game with their success from behind the arc firing 7/10 in the half.
Moncton took a 44 - 38 lead into the half and then the wheels fell off for the Rainmen.
Leaving their defence in the locker room, the Rainmen were outmatched in every area on the court, as Moncton scored easily and often 36 - 19 in the quarter, shooting a blistering 65% from the field.
NBL of Canada leading scorer and former Rainmen Tyrone Levett awoke in the quarter which saw him pour in 14 points, after only managing five in the entire first half.
A 12-1 Moncton run in a three minute span pushed the lead to 18. Levett capped off the Rainmen's nightmare quarter with a buzzer beater from half.
Moncton couldn't miss from behind the arc as they shot 65% from three on the game, lead by Tyrone Sweetney shooting 6 for 8.
Sweetney had a game high 27 points, followed by Tyrone Levett's 21 points and Darrell Wonge's 19. Sylaniva Watkins played a strong game for the Miracles on both ends of the court finishing with a double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Rainmen, Hillary Haley had a team high 20 points followed by Brandon Robinsons 12 points and Joey Haywood adding 11.
Newly announced head coach Robert Spon will take charge of the team Tuesday in hopes to improve the Rainmen's 2-4 record.
Halifax is at home Saturday November 24th against the Windsor Express 7pm at the Metro Centre.
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