The Windsor Express picked the wrong time to come to town. The Halifax Rainmen, still smarting from an embarrassing loss at home a week ago, thrashed the expansion Express 103-85 at the Metro Centre on Saturday night to make new coach Rob Spons debut a successful one. In front of 2,460 fans, Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) and Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) netted 15 points each to pace the Rainmen. They halted a two-game slide at home and hiked their record to 3-4, tying them with the Saint John Mill Rats for third spot in the NBLs Atlantic Division. Weve been beating up on each other all week so its good to get out on the court and get on some other guys, Duncan said after the game, glancing down at the empty Windsor bench. They were just in a bad place at a bad time. Everyones been on edge, everyones pissed about our losing streak, but we just wanted to change it today. Spon took over the team Wednesday, eight days after Cliff Levingston was handed his walking papers and four days after the Moncton Miracles blasted the Rainmen 109-87, exposing many of the shortcomings that have plagued the team. The Rainmen had struggled with their consistency on both ends of the court and led the NBL in turnover margin going into Saturdays contest. But they shot a respectable 43 per cent from the field, had 18 steals, made 12 fewer turnovers than the Express and scored 36 points off Windsor giveaways. Coach is a defensive coach, said centre Antoine Tisby (6'8''-F/C-83, college: S.Carolina), one of the beneficiaries of Spons arrival. His first thing is defence. We came out and practised hard on it. We did a lot of work in practice and it showed tonight. The Rainmen sported a new look, with Spon inserting Tisby, guard Josiah Turner and forward Quinnel Brown (6'6''-F-83, college: Auburn) into the starting lineup along with Robinson and Joey Haywood. The new coach also proved a man of his word, having the team get the ball in to Tisby on the low post on three of the teams first four possessions. After his first practice, Spon vowed to go inside early to the six-foot-eight, 240-pound centre, sticking to a formula hes worn out over his 29 years of coaching. I dont mind that at all, Tisby quipped with a wry grin, referring to the strategy. It gives me a couple of touches and lets me know where the defence is at and what I need to do better offensively in order to help my team out. Tisby scored the first two hoops of the game and drew an assist on the third, feeding a pass out of the post to a streaking Brown, who converted the layup for a quick 6-0 lead. Turner added 14 points for Halifax, Tisby finished with 13 and Brown had 12. Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) topped Windsor with 17 before he drew a pair of technical fouls and was ejected in the third quarter. Brown beat the buzzer with a trey to put Halifax up 26-19 after one quarter. The new forward, who spent parts of the past two seasons with Spon in Quebec, topped Halifax with nine points in the period while Tisby had eight. Halifax extended its lead in the second, with Robinson and Turner scoring eight each as the Rainmen went up 55-41. In the third quarter, the Rainmen used a 16-2 run to open up an 82-52 cushion and the rout was on. Halifax scored nine straight points on free throws, five of them after Helms was whistled for a foul and then got tossed. The Rainmen will look to get back to .500 today when they host the Summerside Storm at 2 p.m. to wrap up a five-game homestand. The Storm lead the Atlantic Division with a 5-3 record, but have lost three of their last four. We just have to play our game, come play tough and aggressive defence and let our offence fuel off our defence, Duncan said. Our defence is gonna be key; our identity has to be defence first. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) made the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton Highlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their provincial rivals on Halifax's home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the first quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second, to cut the deficit to... [read more]
Chad Frazier (6'4''-G-92, college: UAB) made the first of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cape Breton Highlanders a 100-99 victory over the Halifax Hurricanes at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Cape Breton has defeated their provincial rivals on Halifax's home court. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 30-23 advantage following the first quarter. Cape Breton stormed back in the second, to cut the deficit to just 2 points as the teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime 49-47. The Hurricanes outscored the Highlanders 30-28 in the third quarter. Halifax held a 99-96 lead with 39 seconds left in the fourth, but Highlanders' Billy Rush hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 99. Michael Poole had 26 points and 7 rebounds to pace Halifax's offense. Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn) chipped in with 20 points and 4 rebounds and Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Frazier led Cape Breton's attack with 20 points and 6 rebounds while Charles Mann (6'5''-G-94, college: Georgia) Jr. and Hank Thorns had 17 points each. The Hurricanes now have a two-week break before returning to action on Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. for a home game against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
Even the prospects of tying a franchise record win streak could not change a familiar pattern. Led by Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn)'s 24 points and Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona)'s 20 points, the Halifax Hurricanes halted the Moncton Miracles season-high five-game win streak - one away from tying its franchise record - with a 101-93 win Thursday night at Moncton Coliseum. Halifax (24-7) now leads the season series 6-0. Moncton (11-17) was paced by Malik Story's 22... [read more]
Even the prospects of tying a franchise record win streak could not change a familiar pattern. Led by Antoine Mason (6'3''-G-92, college: Auburn)'s 24 points and Mike Poole (6'6''-G/F-92, college: Iona)'s 20 points, the Halifax Hurricanes halted the Moncton Miracles season-high five-game win streak - one away from tying its franchise record - with a 101-93 win Thursday night at Moncton Coliseum. Halifax (24-7) now leads the season series 6-0. Moncton (11-17) was paced by Malik Story's 22 points. The Hurricanes used a series of second half short scoring spurts to consistently maintain a double-digit distance in the final two frames. Holding a 78-69 lead to begin the fourth quarter, Halifax's Ta'Quan Zimmerman (6'2''-G-91, college: Monroe CC) (13 points) connected on a pair of transition corner threes to ignite a 7-2 run to begin the final frame. The resulting 85-71 deficit was something Moncton never realistically challenged the rest of the way. A quarter earlier, play by Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) and Antoine Mason sparked an 11-4 surge out of the halftime gates with an array of driving layups and long distance shots in the opening four minutes. Turnovers (24) and missed free throws (22-for-37) were a reoccurring problem for Halifax, keeping the Miracles afloat. The away team played well otherwise by connecting on 47 per cent from the floor and 13-of-26 on three-pointers. Despite riding high off its win streak entering the contest, the Miracles came out listless and looked more like its sub .500 record would suggest. The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead - holding Moncton scoreless until the 8:09 mark. Following a few choice words in the timeout from interim head coach Martin Knezevic - who replaced Paul Mokeski for his one-game suspension - the home team responded resoundingly by going on a 26-15 scoring run the rest of the frame. The Miracles led 26-25 at the end of the first but conceded a 53-48 halftime deficit with the Hurricanes' shooting and ball movement turning the tide. Tyrone Watson and C.J. Washington did not dress for Halifax. The Atlantic-leaders head back home to face the Cape Breton Highlanders (7-17) at the Scotiabank Centre on Sunday. Courtesy of: thechronicleherald.ca
Wild finish in Windsor, Orangeville falls short in double overtime - 4 days ago
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It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consist... [read more]
It was a rough shooting start for the A's despite moving the ball very well for open shots. With a struggling offense, they quickly found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 run while Windsor converted most of their opportunities inside the paint. The A's didn't find themselves behind for too long however, and they retaliated after a quick pause in action to tie the game back up at 16-16. Although they had no success from behind the 3-point line, their interior presence provided consistency on the offensive end. 20 of their 24 first quarter points came from the interior and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (6p, 3-4 FG) led the charge for the visitors. Their strong play translated to the other side of the floor as well and they limited Windsor's scoring to 37% on their way to a 24-23 lead to end the 1st. Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) lead the A's with 31, Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: Interperformances) added a double double of 12 points, 10 assists Only a small margin separated the teams and the back and forth battle continued well into the 2nd quarter. Turnovers were an area of concern for the A's, having given up the ball 12 times, and Windsor converted 16 points as a result. Orangeville's lead only got as big as 4 points while Windsor countered with a 7 point lead shortly after. Warren Ward (6'5''-G-89, agency: Blacktop Management) was dominant for the Express, the guard poured in 14 points to lead his team. Larry Anderson had that responsibility for the A's and his 11 points were just as valuable for the visitors. Orangeville was able to stay close behind his scoring for a long stretch but towards the end of the quarter Windsor caught fire to grab an 8-point advantage. Starting the 2nd half trailing 43-51, Orangeville had some ground to make up against the home team. They looked to be on their way to closing the gap but they were unable to contain Windsor's Nick Evans (6'11''-C-88, college: S.Indiana) (8p, 4-8 FG) who was scoring with regularity. Orangeville was eventually able to respond once Evans stepped off the floor and they were able to get within 3 points. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get much closer and Windsor responded with a run of their own to reclaim their large lead. Ward (21p, 9-14 FG) was once again the highlight of the Windsor offense and his shooting from the outside was crucial to his team's run. Orangeville managed to get stops and convert on the other end towards the end of the frame but the back and forth exchange didn't bode well for gaining any ground down the stretch. Now facing a 68-77 deficit heading into the 4th quarter, Orangeville had to make a late push in order to give them any opportunity at a comeback. In the previous quarters they came out strong and the trend continued in the final frame. Stefan Nastic (22p, 7r) emerged as the primary option for the A's and they went on a run to get within 1 point. Nastic wasn't the only contributor in the offense, 4 other A's ended with double-digit scoring numbers in the comeback attempt. With 80-81 in favour of Windsor, they went on an 11-0 run which seemed to quickly put an end to Orangeville's hopes. However, Orangeville had other plans and they exploded to take a 95-94 lead within the final minute. In a strange series of plays, both sides had many opportunities to seal the game from the free throw line but after a series of missed free throws, nothing separated either side and they would end up going into overtime. Overtime was very slow offensively and both sides only managed to put up 2 points in the 6 minutes of play. As a result, the game led into another overtime quarter that was drastically different. Both the A's and the Express lit up the scoreboard but neither side could create enough distance to get a hold on the game. Orangeville took a 5-point lead and it seemed that it would be enough to hold through the stretch but to everyone's surprise the Express had a final run up their sleeve. The A's were up 110-108 and the Express had one opportunity to steal the victory for their home fans. They put the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Warren Ward, who came through on the opportunity by draining a deep 3-pointer off the wing to give Windsor the 111-110 victory. Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com
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