Halifax Rains On Windsor – Photos

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.

Opening tip-off between the Windsor Express and the Halifax Rainmen on 18 January 2013.

Opening tip-off between the Windsor Express and the Halifax Rainmen on 18 January 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson drives to the basket.

Anthony Johnson drives to the basket. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Halifax's Quinnel Brown gets some air.

Halifax’s Quinnel Brown gets some air. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor's Anthony Johnson works against Quinnel Brown.

Windsor’s Anthony Johnson works against Quinnel Brown. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor guard Victor Morris defends against Cedric Moodie.

Windsor guard Victor Morris defends against Cedric Moodie. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Helms protects the lane against Halifax's Joey Haywood.

Mike Helms protects the lane against Halifax’s Joey Haywood. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson avoids the double team and pulls down an offensive rebound late in the game.

Anthony Johnson avoids the double team and pulls down an offensive rebound late in the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Darren Duncan and the Windsor Express found it tough going against the Halifax Rainmen on their home court.

Darren Duncan and the Windsor Express found it tough going against the Halifax Rainmen on their home court. 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
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