Big Month for the Rainmen
UPDATED: ALL-STAR TOP 20 ANNOUNCED. DRAFT MARCH 1
Thursday will see the Rainmen embark on what could be the biggest month in the franshise’s history. With only two gmaes left in the regular season, the Halifax Basketball team has locked up a place in the post season, but is still trying to gain home court advantage for the first round.
The Rainmen can guarantee home court in the first round by winning their final two games and leap frogging the Quebec Kebs (pun totally intended). The Rainmen and Kebs already know they’ll face one another in the playoffs, but securing that home court advantage could tilt the scale for the two evenly matched teams. The first round is a best-of-three series, so any advantage is important in a short series.
With one game left to play the second place Kebs currently hold a 22-13 record, while the Rainmen sit in third at 21-13. In the event of a tie, Halifax holds the first tie breaker of a 5-1 head-to-head record, which should also provide some confidence going into the postseason.
Neither team has any chance of cathcing the first place London Lightning. The Lightning will face either the Saint John Mill Rats or the Oshawa Power. The Mill Rats can punch their ticket into the post season will a win in either of their final two games. However, if they fall to the Power in their matchup Thursday and the final game of the regular season against the Rainmen on Sunday, the Power could tie Saint John and force tie-breakers to be calculated. The two would the have split the season series 3-3. The League’s site says the next tie-breaker is divisional record, but there are no divisions. So they’d go to points scored head-to-head to which Saint John currently holds an 18 point edge.
So after a best-of-three first round the winners will meet in a best of five to determine the first ever NBL Canada championship.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Earlier in the week, Halifax Rainmen forward Tyrone Levett was named NBL Canada Player of the Week.
“Tyrone has been playing tremendous basketball,” said Halifax Rainmen President & CEO, Andre Levingston. “He has positioned himself as a leader both on and off the court and is extremely deserving of his honour.”
NBL Canada has stated that it was Levett’s stellar play and consistent scoring that helped the Rainmen move into second place that earned him the award.
“I’m excited for this honour,” says Levett. “I see it as a team achievement because I couldn’t have reached it without the hard work of my teammates and our fantastic coaching staff.”
Levett is the third Rainmen player to be named NBL Canada Player of the Week this season. Justin Johnson earned the award on December 12 and Joey Haywood earned it on November 13.
All-Star Game a Month Away
The 2012 All-Star Weekend will be held in Halifax March 31 – April 1. Voting is
open to determine the public NOW CLOSED and will help determine the 30 players that will take part in the game. The roster for the two sides will be determine through an All-Star Draft from two assigned captains. Halifax Rainman Joey Haywood has been named as one of the two captains and will be joined by Taliek Brown and Tyrone Levett (see above). The Other captain will be Eddie Smith of the London Lightning.
Captains Smith and Haywood will partake in a Fantasy Draft via conference call tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 p.m. AST to choose their teams. Follow their selections live @NBLCanada and Facebook. The two coaches who lead their teams to the finals will coach the two All-Star teams.
Canadian, Nick Lother from the Moncton Miracles was leading the vote getter, but was not selected by the coaching panel, but could still be named as an alternate.
It could be a big month for Halifax basketball. Could we say a League Championship and the All-Star Game within a short time frame.
TOP 20 – By Team
Eddie Smith (captain)
Joey Haywood (CAN) (captain)
Tut Ruach (CAN)
Yannick Anzuluni (CAN)
Ricky Volcy (CAN)
SAINT JOHN MILL RATS
Kevin Francis (CAN)
Isaac Kuon (CAN)