Halifax’s outside shooting remained stone cold and the lack of horses really showed tonight. The game was a bit chippy and having Sanders there knocking people around and Twyman to provide another shooter and ballhandler would certainly have helped – but sports are always about winning despite all the if-onlys and Halifax just didn’t pull it out tonight. Some other things I noticed:
– The tickets given to season ticket holders said the game was at 7:00, as did all the media around the games. The website said 8:00 but I figured it was a typo. It was not. Most people showed up for 7:00 which was awkward and unfortunate. There was a huge and very loud crowd at the Tower with about 900 fans showing up and really getting into it.
– Before I even saw Kevin Hammack play I thought he was going to be great and I have not been disappointed. The guy just played out of his mind tonight, getting to the hoop, dropping some big threes, shaking off defenders and creating tons of turn overs. Of the new Rainmen he is certainly my favourite. I think Halifax take that game if he has the ball in his hand on three plays down the stretch: Halifax forced a turnover and Crookshank ran up the floor, drove to the net, dished and ran into a defender after the pass off – ref calls an obvious charge; Halifax deflect a pass, Bailey runs up the floor with it, turns it over; Halifax score, Chicago throw a football pass across half on the inbound, Jeanty picks it off and passes to Dandridge on the wing who holds onto it until Halifax get in their halfcourt set, he throws a bad pass to Jeanty in the post who loses position trying to collect it and can’t get a good shot off. On all three plays Hammack is demanding the ball and open but he didn’t get it. He’s there to run the offense, give him the damn ball. This may be shocking, but Halifax looks better when their point guards are running the team. Who would have guessed?
– Look – if Halifax is going to insist on playing Dandridge at point guard then he sure as hell had better start posting players up. He was guarded by two guys under six feet when he was playing the point, and if you ever have a half a foot advantage over somone then I expect you to back them down and shoot over them from in close. While we’re at it I’d just like to point out that while Dandridge is an amazing jump shooter he’s not as amazing as he thinks he is. Sometimes he needs to not take that deep three ball.
– Does anyone know if the PBL plays international rules? i.e. is it legal to interfere with the ball when it is over the rim so long as it has already made contact with the rim?
– Halifax’s inability to lock down big time players on the other team showed again tonight as #5 (sg/sf who was bombing threes all night) just ruined Halifax.
– SirVal warmed up but did not play. McNeal, Twyman and Sanders were all in street clothes on the bench.
– All the other Rainmen got significant time with Mayes playing the least (probably about 20 minutes) and looking a bit better. He had one monster put back. Unfortunately he’s not a very good shooter, and the way this team works I don’t know if you can be a sub-par shooter if you’re a wing. He also lacks a great handle. He’s being asked to do the things he does not excel at (shoot deep shots of catch and shoots and serve as a primary ball handler in the half court) and not getting the looks he needs cutting to the hoop where he can use his talents. I think he’s a good player, but I don’t think he’s a good fit for Halifax, to be honest.