The Halifax Rainmen handed the Island Storm their first loss of the season winning 101-83.
The Rainmen, rained all over the Storm in NBLCanada action Saturday night at the Scotiabank Centre, as they came out strong, taking a 12-0 lead over the Storm and rounding out the half with a 19 point lead.
The Rainmen were able to take possession of the ball, run the court with it, and score a total of 42 points inside the paint. Offensively, they were able to move the ball quickly up the court and overshadow the Storm’s defense to get the ball inside the basket.
The Storm did take the lead over the Rainmen in the third quarter, but not for long, the Storm slipped the ball too many times to the Rainmen, allowing the Rainmen to capture 24 points from turnovers. The Storm gave up too many missed opportunities when it came to scoring on the offense.
Five players scored points in the double-digits for the Rainmen, including, 6'8 Power Forward, Michael Martin who led the scoring with 19 points. Martin played 23 minutes and shot 77% from the free throw line.
Canadian guard Joey Haywood added 10 points to the Rainmen's (1-1) victory, had 5 rebounds, and shot 83% from the free throw line.
Emmanuel Jones and Sefton Barrett added 15 points apiece, while Japanese sensation Seiya Ando scored 17 points, played 30 minutes, and shot 57% from the three-point range.
Brandon Robinson was the leading scorer for the Storm (1-1) with 17 points, 8 rebounds, shot 75% from the free throw line, and played 30 minutes.
Johnny Mayhane, Rashad Whack, and Renardo Sydney also had point in the double digits for the Storm.
Mayhane scored 14 points on the night, shot 100% from the free throw line, and played 31 minutes. Whack added 10 points to the Storm's final score, while Sydney added 12 points, 7 rebounds, shot 55% from the floor, and was 2-2 on the free throw line.
Halifax Rainmen are back in action Thursday, November 13th at the Scotiabank Centre against the Moncton Miracles. Tip-off is 7 p.m.