RAINMEN 128, FROST HEAVES 83
This wasn’t a pretty game by any means for the Vermont Frost Heaves. Vermont struggled from the get-go as they could only manage to put up 13 points in the opening quarter and weren’t able to make a run to get back into it. Vermont shot poorly in the first half (15 for 46) and by halftime, had a 29-point deficit to the Rainmen. Halifax on the other hand, had their offense rolling with their 57% shooting which helped them land their third straight preseason win.
The Rainmen had eight players in double figures, including Tony Bennett who led the Rainmen for the third straight game with 18 points.
Shaun “Mavs” Gillis and Bill McLean’s Player of the Game:
Eric Crookshank – 10 points (5-8 FG), 10 rebounds
Romy Aquino’s Player of the Game:
Shagari Alleyne – 8 points (4-7 FG), 14 rebounds, 1 assist and a whopping 6 blocks
Vermont Player of the Game:
Matt Hall – 25 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
- Vermont shot a miserable 36.3% from the field
- Halifax was 95% from the free throw line in the first half, making 19 of 20 attempts
- Devon Norris got some extended run in the fourth quarter, and finished with 3 points and 2 rebounds
- Rainmen finish 3-0 in the preseason Holiday Classic
- With the game well in hand, the crowd chanted “STRICK! STRICK! STRICK!” in the fourth quarter and their wish was granted as John Strickland played 5 minutes of the final quarter
- Vermont’s jerseys were a little confusing as the names on their jerseys did not correspond with the actual player wearing them (I’m sure Mavs and Bill had a great time with that!)
- In case you haven’t noticed, Rainmen assistant coach, Shannon Hansen, has a striking resemblance to former Portland Trail Blazer, Brian Grant
- What is a Frost Heave? According to TheFreeDictionary.com:
The Rainmen begin their regular season on January 3rd and make their home debut on Sunday, January 10th vs. Quebec. Haligonia.ca will have live coverage of all the Rainmen home games this season!
So the preseason is complete, who has impressed you the most with this new-look Rainmen squad? Let us know and leave a comment below!