Express Win 5th Straight Game

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.

Don’t be left at the station. Get on board.

Lester Prosper wins the opening tip against Montreal on 21 February 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lester Prosper wins the opening tip against Montreal on 21 February 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Greg Surmacz stares down Montreal's JR Harrison. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Greg Surmacz stares down Montreal’s JR Harrison. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Helms goes high over top of Dwayne Buckley as Lester Prosper and Darren Duncan look on. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Helms goes high over top of Dwayne Buckley as Lester Prosper and Darren Duncan look on. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson is fouled as he goes up for two against the Jazz. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson is fouled as he goes up for two against the Jazz. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

There was nowhere for Damian Buckley against Mike Helms and Eddie Smith. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

There was nowhere for Damian Buckley against Mike Helms and Eddie Smith. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A lot of clutch and grab as Windsor's Chris Commons had to contend with Damian Buckley. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

A lot of clutch and grab as Windsor’s Chris Commons had to contend with Damian Buckley. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones outlines his strategy to the team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones outlines his strategy to the team. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Darren Duncan goes over top of the defense on the way to two points. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Darren Duncan goes over top of the defense on the way to two points. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Pink was in abundance as the Express hosted Cure on the Court in support of Breast Cancer research. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Pink was in abundance as the Express hosted Cure on the Court in support of Breast Cancer research. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

All the Montreal defenders can do is watch as Lester Prosper slams in two points.  Photo by Ian Shalapata.

All the Montreal defenders can do is watch as Lester Prosper slams in two points. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Victor Morris gets some air as he reaches for the basket. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Victor Morris gets some air as he reaches for the basket. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Helms (23) and Chris Commons plead their case to the referee after a controversial call late in the game. The call stood and Windsor held on to win. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mike Helms (23) and Chris Commons plead their case to the referee after a controversial call late in the game. The call stood and Windsor held on to win. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This free throw went in as Mike Helms went 7 for 8 from the line. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This free throw went in as Mike Helms went 7 for 8 from the line. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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About the Author

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.
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