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Hurricane force: Halifax wins fourth straight over Saint John Mill Rats, claims Atlantic Division title

The Halifax Hurricanes defeated the Saint John Mill Rats 109-80 on Saturday night to sweep the best-of-seven playoff series with four straight victories.

Halifax Hurricanes forward Brandon Bowdry in action against the Saint John Mill Rats earlier this season.

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Halifax Hurricanes forward Brandon Bowdry in action against the Saint John Mill Rats earlier this season.

The Halifax Hurricanes have blown through its playoff series against the Saint John Mill Rats

They won their fourth straight game Saturday night, 109-80, to claim the Atlantic Division title -- and book their ticket to the National Basketball League of Canada championship.

The four-game sweep was sealed on the road Saturday night. That followed Game 3 on Friday night, also at Harbour Station, where the 'Canes forced it into overtime to edge the Rats out 110-104 in the extra frame.

The first two match-ups of the best-of-seven playoff series unfolded last weekend in Halifax, with the Hurricanes snagging a huge 130-86 win Saturday, May 14 to take the early lead in the showdown between the two Atlantic rivals. The 'Canes then went on to defeat the Rats 117-89 in Game 2 on Sunday, May 15.

This marks a first Atlantic Division title for the Halifax Hurricanes franchise, although the municipality's former team, the Halifax Rainmen, accomplished the same honour last year.

The Halifax Hurricanes will tip off against whichever team wins the Central Division's final playoff series, which features the London Lightning and defending NBL Canada champions the Windsor Express. Their series was all tied up at two-wins apiece going into Saturday night's game.

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