Don’t read too much into the last meeting between the Halifax Rainmen and the Quebec Kebs.
The Rainmen, who open the National Basketball League of Canada best-of-three semifinal on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the road in Quebec, smashed the Kebs by 52 points on Feb. 26 in the biggest blowout by any team in the league’s five-month history.
It’s not a sign of things to come, according to the Rainmen.
“They were tired and they didn’t come out with their best effort when we played them up in Quebec,” said centre Richard Anderson. “We know it’s going to be a dogfight. The whole series is going to be tough. Every other game we played against them has been tough and we have to come out and play hard from the beginning.”
Aside from the 52-point shellacking, the Rainmen won four out of five meetings, including narrow victories by just one and four points.
that would indicate the Rainmen have the edge, the Kebs are no slouches. They’re the only team in the league with three wins over the powerful London Lightning and boast all-stars Yannick Anzuluni, Ralphy Holmes and Ricky Volcy.
“They have some really good, solid scorers, inside and out, but if we focus on defence and have a good mentality on defence, we can win the series,” said Rainmen guard Justin Johnson.