HALIFAX – A strong third quarter keyed the Halifax Rainmen’s 110-97 victory over the Summerside Storm on Saturday night.
The Storm led the National Basketball League of Canada game 55-54 at halftime, but the Rainmen outscored their visitors 32-21 and 24-21 in the third and fourth quarters en route to the 13-point victory.
The second-place Rainmen, who were playing their third game in as many nights after a 112-102 loss in Summerside on Thursday and a 100-97 setback at home against first-place London on Friday, improved to 17-8 (won-lost). The Storm fell to 10-17.
Game-high 22 points
At the Halifax Metro Centre, Taliek Brown led the Rainmen with a game-high 22 points. Justin Johnson (17), Tyrone Levett (15), Abduhalli Kuso (14) and Lawrence Wright (14) were Halifax’s other top scorers.
The Storm’s top point-getter was Louie McCroskey, who sank 19 points. Stephen McDowell added 17, Al Stewart had 16 and Chris Cayole returned from the injured list to sink 11 points.
The Rainmen outscored the Storm 46-28 in bench scoring while 58 of Halifax’s points came in the paint compared to 42 by the Storm.
The Storm plays two road games in Ontario this week. They face the Oshawa Power on Thursday and London Lightning on Friday. The Storm’s next home game is against London on Thursday, Feb. 9.