Rainmen beat Moncton for first win of NBL season

The Halifax Rainmen are winless no more.

The Rainmen posted an 87-83 victory over the host Moncton Miracles in National Basketball League of Canada action on Thursday night to avoid a 0-3 start to the season.

Halifax dropped its first two games of the season last weekend in Ontario, first 111-105 to the Windsor Express, then 107-89 to the defending league champion London Lightning.

Shooting guard Brandon Robinson led the way for Halifax, netting 22 points and hauling down eight boards. Three other Rainmen finished in double figures for scoring. Joey Haywood had 21 points, Josiah Turner 11 and Hillary Haley 10.

Overall, Halifax finished a dismal 25 per cent from the field on 24-of-95 shooting. They held a 35-34 advantage at the break.

Former Rainmen Tyrone Levett had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead Moncton, which opened it season with a 99-83 win over the Montreal Jazz at the Moncton Coliseum.

Wednesday’s game between the Rainmen and Miracles was won at the free throw line. Halifax finished 36-of-43 while Moncton was a dismal 21-of-33.

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