To earn home-and-home series split vs. Storm
HALIFAX – The Summerside Storm faced a much different Halifax Rainmen team on Sunday afternoon.
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The Halifax Rainmen's Joey Haywood gets around the Summerside Storm’s Louis Birdsong during Sunday afternoon’s National Basketball League of Canada game at the Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday.
And the Storm also looked quite different than the team that routed the Rainmen 135-90 at Eastlink Arena on Friday night.
Less than 48 hours after that 45-point loss, the Rainmen answered back with a 121-108 victory in the back end of a weekend home-and-home series at the Halifax Metro Centre.
The Storm missed 17 free throws in the game, and shot 64.6 per cent – 31-for-48 –from the charity stripe. The 48 attempted free throws is a new team record.
Halifax recorded 56 rebounds compared to Summerside’s 44.
Quinnel Brown scored 27 points to lead the Rainmen, who improved to 14-15 (won-lost) while the Atlantic Division-leading Storm dropped to 17-11.
Trayvon Lathan added 22 points for the Rainmen while Antoine Tisby had 18 and Cedric Moodie contributed 15. Lathan also had 13 rebounds for a double-double as the Rainmen evened the season series against the Storm at three wins apiece.
Game-high 29 points
Brandon Robinson, who also registered 10 rebounds, poured in a game-high 29 points to lead Storm, who led 58-54 at the half but was outscored 67-50 in the second half.
The Rainmen gained control of the game by outscoring the Storm 32-23 in the third quarter to take an 86-81 advantage into the final 12-minute period. The Storm fell to 1-8 when trailing after three quarters.
Other leading scorers for the Storm were Omari Johnson (20), Greg Plummer (18) and Antonio Ballard (17). Ballard also hauled in 11 boards for his 14th double-double of the season.
The Storm’s next game is Friday in Montreal against the Jazz (2-25). The Storm’s next home game is Thursday, Feb. 14, against the Moncton Miracles (15-17). Game time at Eastlink Arena is 7 p.m.
With files from Harvey Mazerolle