It was a tough loss for the Rainmen. They started slow but managed to fight back in the third and fourth quarters. The big difference on the night was free throw shooting – Halifax shot just 51% from the line and lost by two points, which hurt particularly bad because they got to the line a lot by virtue of refusing to settle for jump shots.
Vermont hit a lot of big shots and Thomas Sanders played absolutely out of his mind on defense. I think he’s probably the most underrated player in the PBL right now. Callier also played well on the offensive end and Greg Plumber managed a hot streak in the third that kept Halifax from getting some momentum to pull ahead.
Despite some poor play Halifax kept it close enough to be in the game on the final shot, and that’s all you can ask for when playing poorly. Unfortunately Twyman (who failed to score all game) ended up with the ball and took a fadeaway three from the corner that careened out of bounds. I can only assume that it was a broken play.
Two other thoughts:
– Halifax failed to get stops when they needed them. Silverhorn and Eric in particular need to step up their defensive games.
– There is a reason why Vermont lead the league in fouls. I sometimes wonder if they’re dirtier than Manchester and Callier almost started a brawl tonight.