Halifax moved to 5-3 (Good for second in the division and fourth in the league) with a solid win against the Buffalo Stampede. Halifax opened strong (for once) and never trailed. To be honest, the Stampede never really felt like a threat. It might be fatigue but Buffalo just didn’t look good.
Some quick thoughts:
– I have had just about enough of Dandridge. He went 0-6 in the first half and continues to take jumpers from four feet behind the three point line. He was a bit better in the second half than in the first and finished with 18 points. The team as a whole shot a terrible 15% from deep. The Rainmen are now running a promotion where if the team hit 15 three pointers in a game, a ticket stub from the game will get you a big mac. Based on tonight’s shooting percentage the team would have had to take around 75 three point attempts for fans to score some free grease.
– Halifax’s did two things well that they don’t normally do: shoot free throws and rebound on the defensive end.
– Halifax couldn’t pull away because of a series of terrible turnovers on the fast break. They tend to try to push it a bit too much and go for lobs and stupid alley-oops.
– John Strickland is amazing. The guy is hilarious but actually a really, really smart player. He’s pretty much the perfect minor league veteran: a guy who coaches players on the floor and is an instant fan favourite. He can actually play, too: he was perfect from the field, grabbed 7 boards, and despite having the ugliest set shot ever he knocked down 66% of his free throws. I don’t think he’s a starting caliber centre/powerforward due to his fitness (I am convinced he’s the kind of guy who smokes in the locker room at half) and age, but coming off the bench I love him.