Boston v. Halifax Preview

Quick thoughts in list form:

– Rumour has it that the Boston team which Halifax played in the home opener was not really the Boston Blizzard. The original franchise in Boston was the Boston Eagles – they folded in late September and the Boston Blizzard took their place.  They signed most of their players in mid-to-late October, and allegedly many of them were unable to get three days off of work to come to Halifax on such short notice. Three of the players who started against Halifax were bench players, and the other two starters and the three bench guys weren’t actually on the team.  I am inclined to believe this, in part because many of the players on Boston’s Nov. 15th team didn’t have ther names line up with the program/Blizzard website.   

– Assuming the full team make the trip up, Boston’s best playere is Steven Haley, a former Boston University PG.  It should be a good battle between him and Anderson.

– Boston don’t keep stats so it’s hard to sort out what’s going on with them and the only game I’ve watched was the Halifax home opener.

The Daily News did a profile on Eric Crookshank today.  He is guaranteeing two wins this weekend.  It was a fluff piece but I found one thing interesting:  Adam Richardson states that Crookshank is a former USC Trojan (the Div. I school where OJ Mayo is currently playing).  The NCAA records only list one Eric Crookshank who played NCAA basketball since 2001, and it was for Div. II University of California Dominguez Hills.  Here are his stat from college:

Career Stats

 

Total Field Goals

3-Pt Field Goals

Free Throws

Rebounds

Assists

Blocks

Steals

Points

Name

Class

Year

Pos

Ht

G

Made

Atts

Pct

Made

Atts

Pct

Made

Atts

Pct

No

Avg

No

Avg

No

Avg

No

Avg

No

Avg

Crookshank, Eric

Jr.

2004

G

6-6

22

119

231

0.515

3

15

0.200

52

97

0.536

217

9.864

42

1.909

24

1.091

17

0.773

293

13.318

Crookshank, Eric

Sr.

2005

G

6-6

24

91

145

0.628

0

1

0.000

16

59

0.271

149

6.208

23

0.958

9

0.375

29

1.208

198

8.250

Career Totals

46

210

376

0.559

3

16

0.188

68

156

0.436

366

7.957

65

1.413

33

0.717

46

1.000

491

10.674

– Crookshank does make an excellent point in that article:  When Halifax goes downlow to him, Oliver or Eichelberger early in the posession it opens up the floor for the three point shooters. I hope Rick Lewis read that article.

Chad Lucas has a piece on 30 year old Dennie Oliver in today’s Herald.  It seems like before every home stand Lucas and someone at the Daily News just write player profiles of two different guys who play similar positions.  Oliver is the only atlantic Canadian guy who is really contributing.  He’s a bit of a match up problem for some teams – he’s only 6’6 but plays much bigger on the defensive end, can score inside and he hits three pointers at all the important times (he is leading the team in three point shooting with 45.7%).  He’s also been extremely consistant in games which is something the Rainmen need.

–  The Rainmen as an organization need big turn outs for these games.  There are no excuses if there aren’t.  They also need to get those jerseys onsale before Christmas.

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7 thoughts on “Boston v. Halifax Preview

  1. I dont know about guaranteeing a victorybut I am sad I will miss my 1st games as I am home for the holidays. Hope they get some great crowds and hope the jerseys are on sale. WEird that Crookshank’s SR year was worse than his JR year. HOPe that there are some good crowds. and chris let me know if they run more than the 3 plays.

  2. Joe – we’ve never met but the person who was supposed to take Duncan’s ticket bailed. Want to buy his ticket from me for $14 and put up with my yelling?

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