The Halifax Rainmen couldn’t get their big guns rolling on the road and paid the price.
The Rainmen were outscored in every quarter and fell 99-84 to the Moncton Miracles in National Basketball League of Canada action on Monday night.
The Rainmen made a run late in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to nine points, but according to Rainmen head coach Rob Spon, that’s when everything unraveled.
“We started playing selfishly,” said Spon. “Frankly we didn’t do a good job keeping our composure and it cost us.
“But I have to fix this and I will. I’m going to put my foot down.”
The Rainmen struggled from the field, shooting a woeful 25-for-71. They also went just 13-for-27 from the free throw line.
“I thought I brought in some vets who could get the job done, maybe I was wrong,” Spon said.
Though Halifax’s bench outscored Moncton’s 47-14, the Miracles made up for it dropping 44 points in the paint, 22 more than the Rainmen.
Cedric Moodie led Halifax with 18 points, while Devin Sweetney collected a game-high 27 for the Miracles.
Quinnell Brown played through shoulder and elbow injuries for Halifax, but Spon says that’s no excuse.
“We just need to step up. It’s unacceptable,” he said.