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Rainmen sign guard Tony Bennett

The Halifax Rainmen have signed shooting guard Tony Bennett forThursday night's Premier Basketball League game against the ManchesterMillrats.<br />

The Halifax Rainmen have signed shooting guard Tony Bennett for Thursday night's Premier Basketball League game against the Manchester Millrats.

The 6-foot-1 Bennett played NCAA Division I hoops for two seasons at Bradley from 2004 to 2006, averaging 11.8 and 10.6 points per game and appearing in the Sweet 16.

He most recently played for the Chihuahua Dorados of Mexico's top pro league, and in 2007-08, averaged 17.4 points and 5.9 assists in 22 games with Porvoon Tarmo of Finland's top professional league.

"Tony's a player, and we've been trying to sign hm for two years, but he always ended up taking other jobs," said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. "I've always been impressed with him. He's explosive and he can score."

Rainmen head coach and general manager Rick Lewis has also been familiar with Bennett for a number of years, as both are from the Chicago area.

The Rainmen, who host the Millrats at 7 p.m., made room for Bennett by cutting SirValiant Brown on Wednesday.

"We think he can come in and do the things we were looking for from Val," Levingston said.

Bennett was scheduled to arrive late Wednesday night, but weather delayed his flight from New York. He was scheduled to fly out early Thursday morning to play versus Manchester.

 
 
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