Tyrone Levett longs for the type of home crowds the Halifax Rainmen drew during last year’s playoffs.
The Rainmen forward was with the club then when it managed to make it all the way to the National Basketball League of Canada final against the London Lightning. In the process the Rainmen drew a healthy following of Metro Centre fans.
The Rainmen (16-15) have struggled to find consistency this season and have spent the majority of the year fine-tuning their roster. Attendance has dropped as well.
“I would love to see the Metro Centre packed from top to bottom,” said Levett. “Last year it was a great environment; it comes down to winning.”
The Rainmen are in the midst of a three game winning streak and are hoping to string four-in-a-row for the first time this season when they welcome the Saint John Mill Rats to the Metro Centre on Sunday at 2 p.m.
“We’re finally hitting that stride,” said Levett.
Levett has been called upon to be the leader and has taken on a more defensive role. Last year with the Rainmen he averaged 14.8 points, was a second-team all-NBL Canada selection in both the regular season and playoffs.
After being traded in the offseason he was reacquired in December and has since averaged 9.9 points per game.
Head coach Rob Spon says his veteran workhorse provides a rare combination of skill and leadership, which sometimes can be taken for granted.
“He’s our leader on the back court calling all the sets,” said Spon. “He’s the guy that get’s our guys focused and gets the job done.”