According to the Metro, the Rainmen pulled out what can only be described as a gutsy win over the Kebs. Despite traveling with only eight players the Rainmen managed to pull out a 101-95 victory over a very good Quebec team which was playing it’s fourth pre-season game. The core of the front line didn’t travel – Eric, Sanders and McNeal were all nursing injuries.
The Metro article also says that SirVal tweaked his ankle and decided played it safe by not going back in in the second half (who can blame him?) and David Bailey fouling out in the first half (not surprising since he was the only player who traveled who was over 6’6). This means that for the second half the 6’5 Cordell Jeanty and 6’6 Brian Silverhorn probably logged most of their minutes at centre and powerforward… good god. Silverhorn led the team with 29 points and 12 rebounds and shot 4/9 from three point territory.
Since no one I know was there we can’t say much about the game, but it sounds like the Rick Lewis training program paid off since eight guys were able to take on a full roster on the road. It’s super exciting that Halifax won a game like this, but it’s also super disapointing that the whole team didn’t travel. It kind of makes it hard to see how the pieces will fit together when 28ish% of your pieces are in another province. It does demonstrate two things: 1) Halifax look like they’re deep. Really deep. 2) Halifax need to find another centre ASAP.
This is a great result, and a wonderful Christmas present from the Rainmen. I can’t wait for the pre-season games in the city.