Rainmen Reach Seventh Heaven with Victory over Island Storm
Halifax picked up their seventh consecutive victory Thursday evening with a 110-107 win over the Island Storm. The win moves Halifax to 17-12, good for second place in the Atlantic Division, with three games remaining in the regular season.
The Rainmen were unable to get off to the quick start they have come to rely on during their winning streak on Thursday evening. Inconsistent offensive possessions and turnovers early on allowed the Storm to build up a slim lead in the first half, holding the Rainmen at bay through the first two quarters. With the Storm holding a 50-48 lead heading into the third quarter Halifax knew they needed to revisit their game plan and change their approach. A big third quarter gave the Rainmen the comfortable 83-71 lead heading into the final frame. In the early portion of the 4th quarter Halifax continued to apply pressure, creating second chance opportunities and going up by as much as 18 towards the middle of the quarter. The Island Storm would not go quietly though, and closed the gap with quick possessions and big three point plays as the quarter wound down. Halifax managed to hold on in the closing moments and came out with their seventh consecutive win.
Forrest Fisher led the Rainmen with 18 points, 12 coming from beyond the arc. Seiya Ando contributed 17 points, and Liam McMorrow put away 15 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Kevin Young had a double double on the night, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Island Storm were led by Nick Okorie who had 27 points. Nick Evans had a double double for the Storm, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Rainmen are back in action inside the Scotiabank Centre Friday, February 20th for the East Coast Lifestyle Game against the Mississauga Power. This will be Mississauga's only visit to Halifax during the regular season. Tickets are available at the Scotiabank Centre Box Office, through Ticket Atlantic or by visiting www.rainmenbasketball.ca Kids under 12 are Free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
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