By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Halifax Rainmen exacted their revenge for the season opening loss to Windsor by defeating the Express 99-94. The margin at the end of the first half was 5 points and the spread remained at the end of the game, but what happened in between was sometimes disconcerting and sometimes awkward, but it wasn’t lacking excitement.
Head Coach Bill Jones could often be seen urging his team to get the ball up court or for some players to catch up to the play. Windsor seemed slow and lethargic at times and the transition was sluggish. The Express couldn’t catch a break from the referees, but the team didn’t create opportunities for themselves either. There were bad fouls and some standing around in the paint defensively allowed the Rainmen to drive to the basket unimpeded.
The game wasn’t a complete write-off, however. Playing catch-up all game, Windsor did manage to tie the score at 77 in the third quarter. The crowd, estimated at around 500, was loud and enthusiastic, and they appreciated the effort the players put forward.
Highlights of the night included a team high of 19 points by 5’ 1” guard Darren Duncan while 6’ 8” forward Chris Commons chipped in 14. Stefan Bonneau also had another strong game for the Express drawing the praise of Coach Jones.
Windsor’s next game is away in Halifax to take on these same Rainmen, on the 24th. The next home game for the Express is on the 27th as the Highway 401 Rivalry is renewed against the London Lightning.
Don’t forget the special February offer; enjoy all five home games for just $50. When combined with the on-going bargain where kids under 14 years of age get in for free with a paid adult, a family of four can take in five pro-basketball games for only $100. There’s no better entertainment deal in the city.