Storm Hold off Rainmen
(HALIFAX,NS) On Sunday afternoon the Halifax Rainmen suffered a road defeat at the hands of the Summerside Storm, as the final score was 118-112 in a closely contested game.
The Rainmen started out hot as they led 33-29 after the first quarter and took a 64-55 lead into halftime, led by guard Melvin Goins with 16 points and 5 assists, and forward Akeem Wright with 15, while the Storm were led by former Rainmen guard Brandon Robinson with 21 points in the first half.
Akeem Wright scored 12 points in the third quarter to give him 27 in the first three quarters, and the Rainmen took a 92-85 lead into the fourth quarter. In the final quarter, the Rainmen were outscored 33-20, as the Storm took their first lead of the game at 102-100 and finished the game on a 16-12 run to squeak out a 118-112 victory.
The Storm were led by former Rainmen guard Brandon Robinson, who led all scorers with 33 points and added 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Forward Omari Johnson added 28 points and 6 rebounds, Greg Plummer added 14, and point guard Al Stewart had 6 points, 12 assists and 5 steals in his final game with the Storm.
The Rainmen were led by Akeem Wright who had 29 points and 8 rebounds, but only scored 2 points in the fourth quarter. Point guard Melvin Goins added 26 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, forward Quinnel Brown had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4 minutes to play, Joey Haywood added 14, Tyrone Levett had 12 and 8 rebounds and Cedric Moodie scored 10 off the Rainmen bench.
The Rainmen committed 30 turnovers in the loss and were outscored 66-30 in the paint, as they were unable to win despite outshooting the Storm from the field, 3 point range and the free-throw line.
The Rainmen loss drops their record to 19-19 on the season, and they now must win their final two games, or win one and hope for the Windsor Express to lose both of their last two games, in order to make the NBLC Playoffs.
The Rainmen now return to Halifax to take on the league leading London Lightning in their final home game of the regular season, Tuesday at 7 pm at the Halifax Metro Centre. For more information on the Halifax Rainmen, please visit www.rainmenbasketball.ca or follow the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rainmenbasketball) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/halifaxrainmen).
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