By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – A packed crowd at the East End Arena, last night, was treated to an exciting pro-basketball outing as the hometown Windsor Express defeated the Halifax Rainmen 111-105.
With the fans cheering on, the music blasting, and cheerleaders encouraging the team, the Express led for most of the game, except for a few possessions in the third quarter. However, it wasn’t a run away for Windsor, as the lead was never more than six points, and, more often, the Rainmen lurked just a few points behind, threatening at every turn.
The first quarter ended with Windsor in front 32-30. The Express held the lead at the half by a 58-54 margin. At the end of the third quarter Windsor was again in front, 80-79, but only after relinquishing the lead at the 11 ½ minute mark before fighting back on top.
The stage was set for a full final quarter which saw everything from ample scoring, injuries, and short tempers.
Every player on the Express stepped up in the fourth to ensure victory. Former Windsor Lancer Greg Surmacz went 6 for 8 from the line (8-10 in the game), Mike Helms, a standout at Oakland University, topped up his team-leading 25 points, and world traveller Ljubisa Vrcelj added some toughness under the basket as Windsor held off a late Halifax surge before Victor Morris dropped a trey to end any thoughts of the Rainmen coming back.
Windsor hosts the Oshawa Power tonight. Game time is 7pm. You can also catch the action via live stream.