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New England remains hostile turf for Rainmen

It’s fair to say the Vermont Frost Heaves and Manchester Millrats have the Halifax Rainmen’s number.

It’s fair to say the Vermont Frost Heaves and Manchester Millrats have the Halifax Rainmen’s number.

That number stretched to 14 on the weekend.

The Rainmen, who have not beaten either team in a combined 14 attempts in their two-year history, lost to each of their rivals on a weekend road trip and have fallen out of first in the Premier Basketball League’s Atlantic Conference.

Halifax was thumped 117-98 by Manchester Sunday and edged 107-99 by Vermont on Friday. Their two-game totals of 14-for-46 (.304) from three-point range and 56 turnovers led to their demise.

“Once our shooters come to the party, we’ll have a chance to win,” said Rainmen head coach Rick Lewis. “We’re grinding in the post, but our shooters haven’t had a good night and we need to hit from the outside to open the game up.”

“You can’t win on the road with 28 turnovers,” he added.
Rob Sanders, a former Millrats star, had a huge night against his former team yesterday, with 19 points and 20 boards. Glen Dandridge had a game-high 24, but shot just 3-of-13 beyond the arc. Jimmy Twyman added 19 points.

The Rainmen (3-3) have lost three straight and are now behind the Millrats in the conference standings. They play next on Saturday on the road against the Detroit Panthers.

• David Bailey played at less than 100 per cent with a knee injury … Sharp-shooter Brian Silverhorn sat out with a knee injury … Sanders added 19 points and 11 boards on Friday.

 
 
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