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The Halifax Rainmen Head to the Finals to Take on the Lightning

March 16, 2012 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) News Release

(TORONTO, ON) In front of 1,982 fans the Halifax Rainmen beat the Quebec Kebs 106-95 in the final of a best-of-three round in the National Basketball League of Canada's inaugural championship playoffs.

"There's certainly nothing like the Play-offs, if you're looking forpure athletic competition," said John Kennedy, NBL Canada Commissioner. "While the Halifax Rainmen did really well tonight, I expect the Lightning are going to come roaring-back in the next game!"

This win advances the Rainmen to the inaugural NBL Canada finals to face the London Lightning, who beat out the Saint John Mill Rats last Friday.

"First, I would like to congratulate Quebec. They were a good opponent, they played hard. Second, I would also like to congratulate our players for the work they have done," said Josep 'Pep' Claros, Head Coach of the Halifax Rainmen.

"Today it was like a finals for us, you always need to win. This is what matters. Yesterday, we were not playing at that physical level that we were supposed to, but once we do it, we can compete. No matter where or against who, we can compete. The only problem we have now, is that we have a game on Sunday and Monday. And we need to get one, at least one game (in London)."

Leading the Rainmen to their spot in the finals were Chris Hagen with 27 points and Tyrone Levett who recorded a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

This finals series will also see Levett face-off against his old Lightning squad as he was traded to the Rainmen in exchange for London's Rodney Buford in November.

The Kebs were led by Carl Krauser with 19 points, Ricky Volcy with 13 points and Canadian Yannick Anzuluni and Royce Parren also chipped in 11 points each.

"It was a hard fought game. The guys gave a 100% effort. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We played one more game than everyone else expected us to play," said Robert Spon, Head Coach of the Quebec Kebs. "It was a pleasure to coach this season. I want to thank the Quebec fans, the Berniers, the KEBS organization and the players for that great season - "

The championship finals schedule is below.For ticket information please visit team websites or click the following links: London Lightning, Halifax Rainmen .

NBL Canada's successful first season will conclude with the League's inaugural All-Star weekend in Halifax March 31-April 1, presented by Rogers Communications Inc. For more information visit

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