Rainmen Win Big at Home
The Halifax Rainmen got out early and never looked back defeating the Montreal Jazz 122 - 77 in front of 4,538 fans at the Metro Centre Sunday afternoon.
Halifax only trailed once - 2-0 - and had their best offensive and defensive performance of the season.
Halifax limped into the game losing five of their last six games having given up 100+ points in five of them.
Melvin Goins paced the offense early starting in place of Josiah Turner who has missed the last five games. Montreal struggled early going 1/10 in a five minute stretch and only managed five field goals in the opening quarter and trailed 32 - 14, while turning the ball over 11 times.
Quincy Okolie provided a big spark coming off the bench showing his impressive wingspan throwing down two powerful dunks. Montreal continued to struggle, settling for poor shots from beyond the arc only firing 3/12 in the half.
Poor shooting has plagued the Rainmen all season but were 53.7% from the field in the opening half powered by the strong shooting of Quinnel Brown (6/9) and Tyrone Levett (4/6) as they took a 58 - 28 lead going into half.
Jazz forward J.R. Harrison started his own 5-0 run to start the third which lead to a quick Spon timeout only a minute into the quarter. Poor quarters have been an Achilles of the Rainmen this season and despite the large lead Spon wanted to break any bad habits. Montreal scored more points in the 3rd quarter than they had in the opening half but still trailed 86 - 59 at the end of the quarter. The Jazz shot 61% paced by Harrisons 15 points in the quarter.
Tyler Richards played well in some additional minutes in the fourth as he padded the lead after back-to-back threes. Halifax benefited from a very balanced offensive attack seeing six players hit double digits, with five of them with five or more rebounds.
Turnovers were the big problem for the Jazz who gave the ball away 31 times.
Quinnel Brown lead all scorers with 21 points without playing the fourth quarter. Tyrone Levett and Joey Haywood each had 19 points. Antoine Tisby also had a big game with 15 points and eight rebounds.
J.R. Harrison was the lone bright spot for the Jazz who had 20 points off 9/13 shooting. Louis-Patrick Levros had 12 points and Terance Licorish added 11 points and six rebounds.
The Rainmen are home against the Saint John Mill Rats Tuesday January 1st at 2:00pm at the Metro Centre. All lower bowl seats for children 12 and under are only $5.
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