HALIFAX – The Halifax Rainmen are off and running in the new National Basketball League of Canada.
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Halifax Rainmen point guard Christian Upshaw and Summerside Storm shooting guard Justin Garris fall to the floor as they battle for the ball during the third quarter of Sunday afternoon’s National Basketball League of Canada exhibition game at the Metro Centre.
The Rainmen earned a weekend sweep of the Summerside Storm, following up Friday's 100-96 road win with a 93-77 blowout at the Metro Centre before a franchise record crowd of 8,422 on Sunday afternoon.
“Feels good,” said Rainmen guard Rodney Buford, who piled up a team-high 40 points over the weekend. “First time we've played 5-on-5.
“Since camp started, all we've been doing is 4-on-4, but it's good to get out here, play with the team and play against other guys.”
The Rainmen were all over the Storm on Sunday, mounting a 26-11 first-quarter lead and a 23-point cushion at the half.
Buford, who is seven years removed from a 230-game NBA career, showed off some of his big-league skills while dropping three three-pointers among his 17 points.
Halifax's Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw made his home debut for the Rainmen, collecting five points and two assists in 17 minutes of action. He was the man of the hour in the post-game autograph session, signing everything from backpacks to T-shirts to sneakers.
“I loved it,” said the former St. Francis Xavier X-Men star after taking care of a long lineup of fans. “This is great basketball, very intense, lots of crowd support. . . It feels good to be home, back on the court again.”