HALIFAX – The Summerside Storm lost the first of back-to-back road games in the National Basketball League of Canada on Sunday afternoon.
The Storm dropped a 113-99 decision to the Halifax Rainmen. The Storm visits the Moncton Miracles tonight (Monday), and hosts the Rainmen at EastLink Arena on Thursday at 7 p.m.
In other league play Sunday, the Saint John Mill Rats defeated Moncton 78-71 to open up a two-game lead over the Storm for the fourth and final playoff spot. Saint John improved to 11-13 (won-lost) while the Storm fell to 9-15.
At the Halifax Metro Centre, the Rainmen led 47-42 at halftime and took a 78-71 advantage into the fourth quarter, when Halifax outscored Summerside 35-28.
Joey Haywood scored 20 points to lead the second-place Rainmen (16-6). Tyrone Levett (18), Chris Hagan (16) and Richard Anderson (15) were the other top point-getters.
Troy Jackson poured in a game-high 22 points for the Storm. Al Stewart (17), Louie McCroskey (14), Xavier Hansbro (12) and Julian Allan (10) scored in double digits.
A key statistic in the game was bench scoring – the Rainmen received 50 points compared to 26 by the Storm, who were outrebounded 59-42 overall.