PBL All-Star Weekend

After saying all year I was going to make it out to a Rainmen game, I made it down to the Metro Centre for Rogers PBL All-Star Weekend. It was a great time, though I obviously didn’t recognize many names besides the local fan favourites.

I have to admit that I skipped the “Legends Game” Saturday evening, as I wasn’t as interested to see Premier Darryl Dexter and Eastlink CEO, Lee Bragg display their skills. I’m sure it was an entertaining time, but I was more interested in the Skills Competition later that night.

And I wasn’t disappointed. Halifax’s own Desmond “Moneyball” Ferguson lived up to his name, making the finals of the 3-Point Competition, by at one point sinking 7 of 8 moneyballs (valued at two points). Des had the crowd on his side, but despite posting a solid score of 19 in the final round, it wasn’t enough to defeat Keith Friel of the Rochester RazorSharks. Friel, the PBL all-time leading scorer, took home the trophy with a final round score 20.

Following the 3-point contest, it was time for the marquee event of the evening, the Slam-Dunk contest. This contest featured some the league most athletic high-flyers, but it was dominated once again by the hometown Ranimen. The contest was really a showcase for the theatrics of Rainmen star, Eric “Air Canada” Crookshank, with his Dwight Howard-esque tribute to Superman (I apologize for video quality).

Crookshank wowed the crowd and the judges with his huge air and charisma, and ended up taking home the title.

All this was a great setup for the game itself, Sunday afternoon. It was your typical all-star game with more attention paid to offensive style than defense. Once again the show was stolen by another member of the Halifax Rainmen. Gary “Smooth” Ervin to home the game MVP honours posting a triple-double with 20 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a 144-135 victory for the East All-Stars.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the weekend. I am now determined to make sure I get out and see some of the Rainmen games next year. Here’s to a short off-season

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