Opening week has hardly gone according to script for the Halifax Rainmen.
Not only did the Rainmen lose their home opener 109-90 to the London Lightning on Saturday before a crowd of 3,214, they’re off to a 0-2 start with 227 points allowed and suspended two players on Friday for violating team policies.
Centre DeAndre Thomas, in his third season with the team, earned an indefinite ban before being outright released, and forward Eric Crookshank, in his fifth season, was suspended for Saturday’s game. Both were expected to be key contributors this season.
“It is extremely important to our club that our players behave in a professional manner at all times both on and off the court,” Rainmen owner Andre Levingston said of the discipline.
In Saturday’s game, point guard Taliek Brown led Halifax’s offence with 21 points, followed by ex-NBA guard Rodney Buford with 20. It was Halifax’s second loss in three days to the Lightning, who also won 118-110 on Thursday in London.
The Lightning are first in the National Basketball League of Canada with a 3-0 record, while the 0-2 Rainmen are tied for last.
The Rainmen are back in action on Thursday at home against the Moncton Miracles.