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Breaking Down The Boxscore – FROST HEAVES 111, RAINMEN 105 (OT)

FROST HEAVES 111, RAINMEN 105 (OT)
Rainmen Record:  9W-3L
Oh, those free throws.  The Rainmen free throw struggles continued as the Rainmen came up short on their first game of a three-game road trip.  Halifax was 41.2% from the FT line making only 14 of their 34 free throw attempts in their 111-105 overtime loss to the Vermont Frost Heaves.  The Rainmen came up big in the second half after only scoring 16 points in the second quarter.  Halifax outscored Vermont 54-45 in the second half to force overtime after trailing to Vermont at halftime.  But the missed free throws looked to be one of the biggest decisive factors in this game, with Halifax going 0-9 from the charity stripe in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.  Vermont’s Matt Hall made two clutch free throws with only seconds left to play to tie the game at 93 and forced an overtime period where Vermont came out with the win.

For the Rainmen, Tony Bennett led Halifax with 28 points and Eric Crookshank finished with 23 points.  Gary Ervin finished with 20 points but was also 5/13 at the FT line.  Desmond Ferguson had an off night, making only one field goal and finished with a season-low 2 pts.

Vermont had six players in double figures with Jawan Bailey and Dwuan Rice chipping in with 19 pts a piece.  Jared Carter had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Key Notes:

  • Glaring Stat of the Night:  Free throw shooting proved to be the deciding factor, Halifax struggled from the line, making only 14 of the 34 attempts. 
  • Worst in the PBL:  Halifax is the worst free throw shooting team in the PBL with their 63.2% free throw percentage
  • Workin’ Overtime:  Vermont outscored the Rainmen 18-12 in the overtime period
  • Off night for Moneyball:  This was a season-low scoring night for Ferguson, who scored only 2 points
  • Rebounds: Vermont outrebounded the Rainmen 46-44
  • Turnovers:  Halifax turned the ball over 16 times compared to the Frost Heaves’ 13 
  • In other PBL action, the LFS Cavs defeated Puerto Rico and have moved into second place 
  • Newest Face:  The newest member of the Rainmen, Taliek Brown was a DNP for the game
  • Canadian Watch:  Garry Gallimore – 9 pts, 2 rebounds, Jevohn Shepherd was 0/1 in 3 minutes of play

Post-Game Links:
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“The Vermont Frost Heaves defeated the Halifax Rainmen 111 – 105 thus afternoon in Overtime. Matt Hall’s 2 free throws with 3.7 seconds left tied the game at 93 and Halifax’s 3 point attempt at the buzzer came up short.”

Next up, the Rainmen face off against the Quebec Kebs on Friday…

Romy Aquino covers the pro basketball game (the Canadian Flavour of the NBA, the PBL’s Halifax Rainmen) from a fan’s perspective.  He also can be found at NBA hoops blogs, Hip Hoop Junkies (A Member of TheScore.com’s Sports Federation) and Hoop Heads North.  Follow him on Twitter: @romyaquino

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