There is nothing at stake during the Halifax Rainmen’s final weekend of the season, but star Eric Crookshank is promising an “air show” at the Metro Centre.
“It’s gonna be an air show,” predicted the six-foot-eight forward from Vallejo, Calif. “Air Canada’s still gonna fly.”
The Rainmen, out of the playoff race, wrap up the Premier Basketball League season against the Montreal Sasquatch on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Although they have a 10-8 record, the Rainmen have been known as much for their ability to entertain as they have for winning games, with above-the-rim plays getting oohs and ahhs out of crowds that have been 3,000 strong.
Don’t expect that to change against the Sasquatch, a team that has been ravaged by financial uncertainty and sits last in the Atlantic Conference with a dismal 3-11 record.
The Rainmen were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday with a 118-105 loss to the Manchester Millrats.
Guard Tony Bennett, a mid-season arrival who leads the Rainmen in scoring with 19.7 points per game, said disappointment is natural but it won’t show on the court.
“I know we’re not going to be happy with not being in the playoffs, but as respect for our fans, the people who come out to watch us play, and the owner who pays us, we have to go out and play hard the next couple of games,” Bennett said. “We have to give our fans hope for next season.”
If the Rainmen are in the PBL next season with the same schedule format, the off-season will be nine months long.
The Rainmen will benefit from the return of Brian Silverhorn, who has been out with a nagging knee injury.