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.”