The Halifax Rainmen and Rochester RazorSharks are in the same position: Looking up at the unbeaten Puerto Rico Capitanes in the Premier Basketball League standings.
The Capitanes (8-0) are without a doubt the class of the PBL so far but have had a distinct advantage: All eight of their wins have come at home, and they’re about to head out on a gruelling nine-game road trip from Feb. 13 to March 13.
Halifax (6-2) and Rochester (5-1) could easily make the battle for first interesting during that stretch.
“Puerto Rico’s gonna find out that you have to play on the road,” said RazorSharks head coach Rod Baker. “You ain’t gonna play all your games at home. And they’re gonna find out — real quick — that it’s difficult to win on the road.”
ROSTER SET, FOR NOW
After a month of numerous roster moves, the Rainmen are moving forward with the current group in the hopes it will continue to build chemistry.
“We didn’t move our core guys … We were just trying to get better at our big spot,” said Rainmen owner Andre Levingston. “We look pretty stable there now … and we’re pretty happy with what we’re seeing right now.”
Desmond Ferguson has been shooting three-balls at an astonishing rate lately. After struggling early in the season, the crafty 32-year-old has nailed 21-of-39 in his past five games and has a season percentage of 43.75.
The Rainmen are averaging crowds of 3,649 through four games. That’s up from last year’s 2,778, which was up from 1,810 in the inaugural 2007-08 campaign.
“Halifax supports winners,” Levingston said.
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