By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – For dressing only seven players, the Montreal Jazz fought the good fight but fell, none-the-less, to Windsor 94-83 in last night’s east-end tilt. The win for the Express was the fifth in a row as the team battles for a playoff spot in the National Basketball League of Canada.
Mike Helms and Chris Commons led Windsor with 17 points apiece. Helms also played 33 minutes of infraction-free basketball.
Greg Surmacz scored a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while also helping to supress the Montreal offense by committing three steals.
Point guard Darren Duncan dominated the court by dropping 11 points and dishing off 10 assists. In the backcourt he made two steals to help seal the win for the Express.
Proving again to be the lynch-pin to winning, Windsor received another strong contribution from the bench. Spearheaded by Anthony Johnson, the subs accounted for a collective 26 points, 24 rebounds, and 11 helpers.
Looking forward, the Express can say goodbye to Montreal, for now, as they travel to London tonight to renew the Highway 401 Rivalry against the Lightning.
With three teams (Halifax, St John, and Moncton) tied for the bottom two playoff positions, every game is crucial for Windsor’s chances. The Express are just one game behind in the chase with three games scheduled head-to-head against those opponents.
The next home game for Windsor will be this Saturday as they host the Moncton Miracles. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 519-800-3665.
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