Rainmen secure second place for playoffs

The NBL’s Halifax Rainmen took second place after defeating the Moncton Miracles on Thurs. March 1.

By Justin Hartling

Halifax Rainmen warm up before the start of the second half of their game against the Moncton Miracle on March 1 (Justin Hartling)
Halifax Rainmen warm up before the start of the second half of their game against the Moncton Miracles on March 1 (Justin Hartling photo)
The National Basketball League’s Halifax Rainmen took second place after defeating the Moncton Miracles on Thurs. March 1.

 

Moncton led Halifax in the first quarter, 49-43.

The Rainmen were playing on their heels in the third quarter when coach Josep Carlos called a time out to settle the team down.

“Coach put us in the huddle and he said ‘listen you guys want to go on the road for playoffs or are we going to play games here? We’re good at home so our fans give us our momentum’” explains Eric Crookshank, the Rainmen’s power forward.

It was a different game after the third quarter ended. Moncton committed all five of their technical fouls in the fourth.

The Moncton coach, Mike Evans, was ejected after following a referee onto the court arguing a call. Evans previously coached the Rainmen.

Halifax dominated the fourth quarter, defeating Moncton 106-94.

“We looked at this game like we needed it, like real bad” says Crookshank.

After the game, the Rainmen waited to hear the results of a game between the London Lightning and the Quebec Kebs, which determined Halifax’s spot in the semifinals.

“We want to win, we want to score every basket, we want to play better defence,” says coach Carlos.

The Rainmen have one game left in their regular season, even though they’ve already clinched their spot in the semifinals against the Quebec Kebs. The Kebs and Rainmen will play best-out-of-three, their first game in Quebec and the final two in Halifax.

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