Rainmen Add Allen

The Halifax Rainmen announced the signing of 6’5, 215 pound small forward, Julian Allen.

The Rainmen selected Allen in the Vermont Frost Heaves’ dispersal draft, which took place after last night’s announcement that the team would be ceasing operations immediately due to financial strain.

To make room for Allen on the ten-man roster, 6’3, 180 pound guard Tommy Mitchell was released.

“Julian gives us a more athletic guard and a better scorer,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “Tommy did a good job for us, but Julian is a better defender and will give our team more consistency in that position.”

So far this season Allen is averaging 16.71 pts and 5.57 rebs per game.

In college, Allen played at Georgia Southern University. Just last week, he was among the top contenders for the title of PBL Player of The Week.

Allen will join the Rainmen in Saturday night’s game against the Saint John Mill Rats.

In other RAINMEN News: That game will also mark the inaugural Rogers Fan Cup.

The Rogers Fan Cup hopes to spark the Maritime basketball rivalry between the two cities.

“We look forward to this friendly rivalry with Halifax and I know that the fans will get out and support us so that we come out in top,” said Saint John Mill Rats General Manager, Ian McCarthy.” We also look forward to the challenge of winning our game matchups against the Rainmen.”

The team with the most fan support as determined by percentage of seats sold when the Rainmen and Mill Rats face off against each other will win the cup for that specific year. The cup will be presented to the fans of the winning team at the end of the PBL season.

Additionally, each city’s mayor has climbed aboard the fan cup initiative. In a friendly bet, Mayor Court of Saint John has challenged Mayor Kelly of Halifax and they have agreed to the following terms: If the Rainmen win the most games versus the Mill Rats during their regular season match ups, Mayor Court will donate $100 to the charity of Mayor Kelly’s choice, give Mayor Kelly a case (12) of Moosehead beer, wear a Rainmen jersey at a council meeting and fly the City of Halifax’s flag for a day outside of City Hall.

If the Mill Rats win the most games versus the Rainmen during regular season play, Mayor Kelly will donate $100 to the chosen charity of Mayer Court, give Mayor Court a case (12) of Keith’s beer, wear a Mill Rats jersey at a Council meeting and fly the City of Saint John’s flag for a day outside of City Hall. If the teams split the game 2/2 the winner will be decided based upon points for and against.

“Were excited to partner with Saint John and our mutual title sponsor, Rogers, to bring fan engagement to the next level,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “It’s great to have another PBL team in the Martimes. I’m confident the rivalry between Halifax and Saint John will a competitive and friendly one for years to come.”

UPDATE: Good piece on all the changes by another local blogger

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