By the time the Halifax Rainmen get back to the Metro Centre Saturday, they’ll have weary legs after a road game with the Maryland Greenhawks and a day’s worth of air travel.

And they’ll have the hottest team in the Premier Basketball League lying in wait, well-rested after six full days off.

The Rainmen host the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry Saturday, and will have their hands full with a team that has won 12 straight games and sits atop the league with a 15-2 record.

“We’ve got to come out of (Maryland) with a win before we start thinking about Oklahoma,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “But they’ll be here a day before us, well-rested, waiting for us to return, and we’ve got to take care of business.”

The fourth-place Rainmen, 10-5, lost to the Cavalry on the road in their season opener 102-87. They returned the favour at the Metro Centre Jan. 22 with a 102-92 victory.

Levingston said the Cavalry are “playing amazing basketball,” adding that their ability to win on the road is “the mark of a championship team.”

The Rainmen are unbeaten at home with an 8-0 record.