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Nothin’ But A “G” Thing – RAINMEN 147, GREENHAWKS 105

Rainmen Record:  9W-2L
The G’s, Gary “G-Smooth” Ervin and Garry Gallimore along the rest of the Rainmen flat out dominated the struggling Maryland GreenHawks on Saturday night.  Gary Ervin notched the franchise’s first triple double with his impressive line: 14 pts, 12 boards and 13 assists.  Maryland struggled to get their offense going while Halifax on the other hand, had no problem with their offense, putting up a season high 147 points.  Halifax had such a significant lead early on that Coach Berry was able to utilize his bench down the stretch.  Everyone got a piece of the action as Halifax had eight players score in double figures.  Halifax blew the game wide open with a 47-point third quarter.

Halifax’s Canadian content looked impressive in the win.  St. FX alum and Ottawa native, Garry Gallimore had his best game of the season finishing with 26 points which included a couple of thunderous jams that sparked a Gallimore flex to the crowd.  Toronto native, Jevohn Shepherd also had a nice showing with his 12 pts, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.  He also had a nasty dunk late in the game that brought the Halifax crowd to their feet.

For the GreenHawks, Byron Mouton led the way with 23 pts while the PBL’s 5th leading scorer, Scooter Sherrill, finished with 21 pts, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.  Oh…. and Halifax’s favourite player to heckle, Randy Gill, scored 10 points in the loss.

Shaun “Mavs” Gillis and Bill McLean’s Player of the Game
Garry Gallimore 26 pts (season high), 4 threes, 3 rebounds

Romy Aquino’s Player of the Game
Gary Ervin 14 pts, 12 rebounds, 13 assists (Halifax’s first franchise triple double)

Hat-tip to the GreenHawks:
Byron Mouton  23 pts, 8 rebounds

Key Notes:

  • Highlight of the Night: This had to be when Heckler’s Row (aka Strick’s Secret Service) ran out with John Strickland during the Rainmen intros
  • Home Dominance:  The Rainmen move to 7-0 at home
  • Huge Win:  The 42-point win was the largest margin of victory of the Rainmen season 
  • Oh, those Free Throws:  Halifax still struggled from the free throw line, shooting 59.3%
  • Dominated Down Low:  Rainmen scored 88 pts in the paint, while Maryland scored just 48
  • Big Boards:  Halifax outrebounded the GreenHawks 67-42
  • Great D:  The GreenHawks were held to just 46% shooting from the field and 33% from three pt. land
  • Bench Depth:  Halifax really displayed how deep this roster is as the Rainmen bench scored 76 of the Rainmen’s 147 points
  • Canadian Watch:  Gary Gallimore – 26 pts, 3 rebounds, Jevohn Shepherd – 12 pts, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal
  • In case you missed this game, check out the full replay here, also check out the great post game videos with Mavs and Bill (by far the best one is the video with Maryland’s Randy Gill and Heckler’s Row)

Post Game Links:
The Chronicle Herald

“Gallimore’s offensive tour de force included 10-of-13 shooting from the floor, four treys in five attempts and a pair of resounding dunks, the first of which came early in the fourth quarter when he stripped the ball from GreenHawk guard Randy Gill at halfcourt and went in for an uncontested slam.”

Metro Halifax

“If there was one blemish on the night, it was the fact the Rainmen let the Greenhawks reach the 100-point plateau. The Rainmen, who boast the PBL’s best defence, had only allowed 100 points three times this season. But they did manage to hold the Greenhawks to 20 in the final quarter.”

Up next, the Halifax Rainmen have probably the biggest game of the season when they face off against the Puerto Rico Capitanes.  Do the Rainmen have what it takes to defeat the league leaders?

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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