Express Leave Halifax At The Station

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.

Windsor’s Greg Surmacz took a heavy foul on Halifax’s Darian Duncan, saving a basket late in the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Express Head Coach, Bill Jones, has some late game advice for his players. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

All eyes on the ball as Victor Morris (5) let off a shot for three points. Morris had a late trey to douse all hope for Halifax. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s trainer attends to Wayne Portalatin on the court after sustaining a lower body injury during play against the Halifax Rainmen. After some medical attention, Portalatin returned to the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Head Coach Bill Jones makes time for the Windsor Express fans after the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata