The Halifax Rainmen may have gotten caught looking past the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions.
The Rainmen, who blew the Stallions out on Jan. 15 at the Metro Centre, couldn’t get it going on the road yesterday and lost 99-89 in Premier Basketball League play.
“We tried to make (the players) aware all week, not to sit back, not to think, ‘Oh, it’s going to be an easy game,'” said assistant coach Jeff Paris. “We tried to make them aware, but I think it did creep in.”
The Rainmen, who left forward Eric Crookshank and head coach Les Berry in Halifax as both attended to personal matters, were outscored in every quarter and surrendered a whopping 25 offensive rebounds.
Paris was to-the-point in the cause of the loss: “Intensity and rebounding. Not having Eric here hurt us as a team, but we should have been able to get over that.”
Although it was the third-lowest point total in Rainmen history, forward Kavon Jones returned from being benched and tied point guard Taliek Brown with a team-high of 20 points.
“He was our best player,” Paris said.
Ex-NBA guard/small forward Kirk Snyder played 10 minutes but didn’t score in his Rainmen debut after signing on Saturday. Snyder was convicted of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and assault in April 2009 and was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2010. He is now looking to return to the NBA.