NPH Top Performers
- Joey Haywood- 26 points
- Taliek Brown- 18 points, 11 assists
- Anthony Anderson- 19 points
- Will Blalock- 18 points, 6 assists
HALIFAX, NS – The Rainmen took advantage of the road-weary Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night. It was Saint John’s fourth game in five nights on the road, and the fatigue was apparent in the Mill Rats’ play when they showed up in Halifax.
The Saint John Mill Rats had 22 turnovers which proved to be the main deciding factor in the Mill Rats’ loss at the Halifax Metro Centre. And it didn’t help that Halifax scored 20 points off those turnovers.
The Rainmen snapped the Saint John Mill Rats’ three-game road winning streak, as they defeated Saint John 122-104.
Last week’s NBL Player of the Week, Joey Haywood, scored 26 points in 29 minutes of play for Halifax. Steve DeLuca had the hot hand for the Saint John Mill Rats, scoring 16 of 22 points in the first half after going 4 for 6 from three-point land.
Mill Rats head coach and former San Antonio Spur, Jaren Jackson, says his team was showing a bit of fatigue going into last night’s game.
“I think the combination of the travel schedule and the Rainmen’s sustained intense play caught up with us tonight,” Jackson told NPH.
“We are playing well right now. A little needed rest can help us as we go into our fifth road game in a row, Sunday against Moncton. Congrats to the Rainmen tonight.”
It was the first game without Rodney Buford for the Rainmen, but got an impressive debut from newcomer, Tyrone Levett, the 6’5″ Alabame-native, who was acquired from the London Lightning.
For Saint John, the NBL’s leading scorer, Anthony Anderson, had a quiet 19 points, shooting just 31% from the field. Former Detroit Piston, Will Blalock, scored 18 points and dished out six assists. Jerome Brown, a Toronto native, had the highlight dunk of the night in the fourth quarter, jamming it home over Halifax’s Eric Crookshank, that even got the Halifax fans out of their seats.
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