Rainmen Win Back to Back Games
(HALIFAX, NS) A complete team effort propelled the Halifax Rainmen to a 117 - 110 victory Sunday afternoon at the Metro Centre in front of 1,796 fans. After winning their first four, Summerside came into town winning only one of their last four games.
Halifax continued their defensive intensity under new coach Robert Spon which helped mask a sloppy opening quarter which saw them turn the ball over five times in the first three minutes.
Rainmen guard Josiah Turner - who's benefited from more minutes under coach Spon - paced the offense in the first quarter with 8 points, 2 rebound and 2 assists as the team finished the quarter with a 27-26 point lead.
The inability of the Rainmen to guard the three was exploited by Summerside in the opening minutes of the second quarter, as they went three for their first five from behind the arc.
Summerside went cold midway through the quarter with two ugly stretches where they shot 1/10 and 2/10. Halifax began to pull away as they continued to hammer the ball into the post, outscoring the opposition 28 - 10 in the paint during the quarter.
Halifax's exceptional free-throw shooting attributed to 19 of their first half points as they took a 61 - 47 lead into the half.
Four fouls in the first minute-and-a-half coupled with a 15 - 4 Summerside run to open the third brought about a few grumbles from the Rainmen faithful, as they hoped they weren't seeing a repeat of last week.
After a Spon Timeout, Halifax countered with an 11 - 2 run of their own closing the quarter with a seven point 88 - 81 lead.
A scary moment in the fourth quarter when Rainmen forward Darnell Hugee was stretched off the court after receiving an inadvertent elbow to the head.
The teams exchanged baskets but Halifax remained in control throughout the final quarter, putting up their largest offensive output of the season finishing 117 - 110.
Antonio Ballard had a massive game for Summerside scoring a game-high 35 points along with 15 rebounds. Greg Plummer added 25 points and four steals.
The Rainmen bench outscored Summerside by a 43 - 13 margin, getting points from every player who stepped on the court.
Team leading scorer Brandon Robinson had 21 points and five rebounds, followed by Tisby's 17 points and seven rebounds, and Haywood with 14points. Josiah Turner finished the game with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
After a five game home stretch the Rainmen head out on a difficult Ontario roadtrip against Oshawa (4-3) and London (6-0).
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