By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – You have heard about them, and may even have been one of a select crowd to see them play, but at just over the half-way point in the 2012-13 CBL season, it is time to have a look at just how well your Windsor Express are doing in their inaugural year.
In terms of raw statistics, the Express have a 10-13 record and are sitting in third place in the Central Division, just 3 games behind the Oshawa Power. As an expansion team, Windsor is doing better than could have been expected in the highly competitive CBL. The team is averaging 95.9 points for per game which rises to 97.2 when they are on the road.
And on the road they have been. In a quirky schedule the Express have played just seven games at the East End Arena while travelling for 16 away games. In the words of head coach Bill Jones, the players have had a lot of time to bond and jell as a team.
“It has given us a lot of opportunity to go into adverse situations. When the guys are on the road they get a lot of opportunity to bond in the hotels, on the train, and on the bus. It’s good for the team chemistry,” Jones told me.
Another benefit to playing so many games on the road so early in the season is that now the Express are in the hunt for a playoff position and they will be doing it by playing 12 of the final 17 games at home, including five games in February and a 3-game and a 4-game home-stand. There is lots of opportunity to get to a game to cheer on the Express.
On the court, Windsor is well represented by experienced professionals. The Express leads the league in free throw percentage due not in a small part to Victor Morris’ .903 free throw percentage (28-31); a phenomenal rate.
Darren Duncan leads the team in points per game with 20.5 and trails the CBL leader, Moncton’s Devin Sweetney, by just four. Duncan also leads Windsor with a .618 true shooting percentage.
Kevin Loiselle is a machine on defence. He leads Windsor with 162 rebounds, as well as blocks and steals with 24 apiece. Loiselle’s dynamic play is one reason the Express is a solid team in the paint.
There are few other sports where a family can enjoy an entertaining and exciting night out without breaking the bank. The President and CEO of the Windsor Express, Dartis Willis, wants you to do just that, and he is going out of his way to make it as easy as possible to see some professional basketball.
Willis announced today the 6th Man Campaign. He wants to take advantage of the enthusiastic basketball supporters in Windsor to make some noise on the home court. Recently the Express were playing in London in front of a packed house. He said the noise from the crowd almost helped the league-leading Lightning come back from a 25 point deficit. Although London made it close, Windsor eked out a road victory. That’s the type of support Willis would like to see from Windsor fans.
In order to do so, the Express announced today a number of ticket packages designed to make it easier to see pro-basketball and easier on the wallet.
· Students get two tickets for $20
· A February 5 Pack for $50
· A Valentine’s Day special that includes dinner, a rose, and a basketball game for two
· A family of two adults and two children for $36
There is also a corporate package where local companies can get a deal on three floor seats and get a fourth for free for only $1,350; a deal made sweeter because of the Canadian tax write-offs available to corporations.
Fans can also receive free tickets by attending the Saturday morning Moms and Basketball sessions at the Windsor Express head office on Ouellette.
All the package details can be seen on the Express website or call 519-800-3665.
Get on board with the Windsor Express and enjoy professional basketball right here at home.