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Free-throw troubles surface as Rainmen fall in overtime - Metro US

Free-throw troubles surface as Rainmen fall in overtime

The Vermont Frost Heaves may have found the Halifax Rainmen’s Achilles heel.

The struggling Frost Heaves, 3-6, upended the Rainmen 111-105 in overtime yesterday in Burlington, Vt., and took advantage of atrocious 14-of-34 shooting from the foul line from the worst free-throw shooting team in the Premier Basketball League.

The Rainmen had a six-point lead in the final minute and a half but missed eight straight from the stripe as the Frost Heaves intentionally fouled to orchestrate a comeback.

“It’s definitely a problem,” said Rainmen head coach Les Berry. “It’s a game we should have won.

“All we had to do was step up, knock down our free throws and win the game.”

Tony Bennett led the Rainmen with 28 points, while Eric Crookshank added 23 and Gary Ervin 19.

The Rainmen, who average a PBL-worst 63.2 per cent from the foul line, fell to 9-3 and the loss could cost them a shot at catching the first-place Puerto Rico Capitanes.

The Rainmen and Capitanes were scheduled to play on Friday at the Metro Centre, but the game was postponed because of inclement weather.

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