Halifax pulled out a tight win in a close game despite starting off terrible (they were down 16 at one point in the first quarter, I think).
– Halifax were very sloppy at times of offense with too many turn overs, particularly in transition.
– Halifax went into half time down by three and should have been down by even more. They played horribly and were out rebounded 43-25 in that half (this is from memory) but a a big huge third quarter by Silverhorn pushed them ahead – he knocked down five three pointers in the quarter. I sat next to Chad Lucas for the game and we came to the conclusion that no matter how bad Halifax play they are still in games because of Dandridge and Silverhorn’s ability to not just hit three points, but to hit contested three pointers. Silverhorn also looked great getting to the basket tonight and came up with a huge steal at the end of the game to seal it.
– Jimmy Twyman say on the bench in street clothes. SirVal did not play at all today despite dressing and warming up and Mayes and McNeal both started but played only the first five minutes or so and never returned. Mayes looked a bit uncomfortable and McNeal looked pretty bad. I really think McNeal just needs some confidence. Lewis needs to tell him that he’s starting the next game next to one of the point guards and playing the first eight minutes no matter what. They need to open up the game by running a couple of plays for him to get his confidence up and just see how he does. If he doesn’t improve then they need to go looking for another guard.
– Speaking of which – Halifax need a two guard who can defend fast peremeter shooting guards. Chicago’s two guards got inside way too much this game, and Halifax don’t have the option of playing small. Halifax are really missing JB Murray for his versatility in the backcourt and McGriff for his ability to actually start at centre.
– With Jimmy out, Hammack started. He looked much better in this game and hit a few big threes. He’s got an unbelievable handle on the ball and is incredible at forcing turnovers. I would love to see Halifax run an honest full court press just to see him and Crookshank picking off passes. Crookshank’s defending looked really good tonight at times when he got in the lane and tipped a lot of passes and slapped loose a lot of balls. In general though, Halifax’s defense looked suspect with too many uncontested shots and too many easy drives to the hoop.
– Sanders is still a jerk and I love it. He came up with a huge block and then got in the guy’s face and he had a few big dunks and pushed some guys around. He also set a really hard screen that got Hammack open for a three down the stretch.
– In the single most unlikely event I could imagine, James Booyer was playing for Chicago. I hardly recognized him because he wasn’t in street clothes. Believe it or not but this is the first time that we have seen him in a uniform in Halifax. Who would have guessed that guy would show up?
– The coaches for Chicago were losing their minds at the refs and particluarly at the scoring table. Their objections to the scoring table were dumb: they simply didn’t get the media time out rule, nor did they keep track of their own player’s fouls or their own time outs. Their objections to the refs were more than fair: it was just a terribly reffed game and I am not sure what the result would have been had the refs been more on the ball. They missed things both ways, but I think Halifax got a bit more help than Chicago did.
– Chicago traveled with eight players plus two coaches and had the new PBL uniforms on which looked pretty good. They had more size than I expected and their roster clearly did not match up with the roster on the PBL website or the Throwbacks website.
– In other PBL pre-season news: Vermont defeated Quebec 96-85 and Manchester beat Montreal 104-96 in Vermont and it was 101-99 home win for Battle Creek over Mid-Michigan.