By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Wednesday evening game held at Caesars Windsor between the NBL’s Windsor Express and the London Lightning was a spectacle to behold. Not only was it the largest single-game gathering to watch the Express, at 2,800, thus far this season, but they also witnessed the home side take over sole possession of first place.
But there was much more to the night than what was on the floor. Here are just a few of the faces in the crowd.
Local sportsman Dominic Papa was on hand to interview the player of the game, Quinnel Brown. Papa is overseeing the start-up of a brand new television production company Windsor-Essex Television. You can check out live-streaming and an archive of programming at www.we-tv.ca . Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The Commissioner of the NBL, Paul Riley, was courtside for the Express-Lightning game at Caesars Windsor. Riley wondered aloud if the usual home of the Express was in the proper location. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Ward 2 candidate and director of the Sandwich Teen Action Group John Elliott (R) discusses all things basketball with Libro Credit Union director Chris Mendes. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Windsor Ward 8 councillor Bill Marra took in the Express basketball win over London at Caesars Casino. Marra is a season ticket hold for the Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Former CBC director Roger Faubert frames a shot for WE-TV. Faubert can often be seen lending his television expertise on various local productions. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Ashley Lynn Leclair fronts the Windsor-based band Dream Catcher. The 5-piece group rocked Caesars Windsor during half-time of the Express-Lightning game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
What it’s all about. Championship rings were distributed to Lightning players and management both of the last two seasons. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Former University of Windsor Lancer and Windsor Express forward Greg Surmacz returned to the city as a member of the London Lightning. Surmacz played just 6 minutes in the losing effort. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Amherstburg native Dante Scott (L) sang the national anthem and then stayed to watch the Windsor Express go on to victory. Scott was the Top 6 winner on YTV’s The Next Star. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The announced attendance for the Express-Lightning game at Caesars Windsor was 2,800. Were you there? Photo by Ian Shalapata.
Kim Elliott (L) calls the play-by-play during the game held at Caesars Windsor. Elliott is a local sporting authority and can be seen regularly covering professional and university level athletics in Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
London Lightning super-fan George Georgopoulos poses for a shot with former world boxing champion Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns. Also known as the “Motor City Cobra”, Hearns was the first fighter in history to win five world titles in five different divisions. Photo by Ian Shalapata.