Express Beat At Buzzer

Windsor's Darren Duncan finds it tough going in the lane against London's Darin Mency. The Express were beaten at the buzzer by a fall-away shot by former Express and Windsor Lancer Greg Surmacz (L). Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Darren Duncan finds it tough going in the lane against London’s Darin Mency. The Express were beaten at the buzzer by a fall-away shot by former Express and Windsor Lancer Greg Surmacz (L). Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – With eight seconds remaining on the clock, Darren Duncan was at the penalty line looking at two attempts to increase Windsor’s one point lead over London. Eight seconds later, the 1,012 in attendance stood in stunned disbelief as the Lightning celebrated a buzzer-beating fade-away jumper by Greg Surmacz to win the game 82-81. London now leads the best-of-seven semi-final series two games to none.

Missing Stefan Bonneau, due to a Game 1 injury, Windsor received 26 minutes of sterling play from replacement Dominique Buckley. The Romulus (MI) High School grad put up 11 points including hitting 2 for 5 from behind the arc.

Team captain, Duncan, had the game stats of which anyone would be proud. He had Windsor’s game high of 24 points along with nine assists, four steals, and six treys. Close behind was the Big Man, DeAndre Thomas with 20 points, seven boards, three steals, and 6 for 8 from the line.

Windsor also had a flying squad in the form of Kevin Loiselle and George Goode who had five blocks between them, three and two respectively.

There’s no time for the Express to dwell on the loss. They travel to London for Game 3 tonight at Budweiser Gardens; tip-off at 7:00 pm. Game 4 will be played, also in London, on March 23.

Two more wins for London and they will move to the finals for the third straight year, but at least one win for the Express would return the series to Windsor.

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Congratulations to Rose Speal who won two premium bowl seats, from the Windsor Square, to last night’s Express game. More tickets will be available for you to win for Games 5 and 7, should they be necessary.

Peek-a-boo. George Goode completes a two-handed flush in the 2nd quarter against London Wednesday night. Goode had 8 points and 6 rebounds along with 2 blocks in just 17 minutes for the Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Peek-a-boo. George Goode completes a two-handed flush in the 2nd quarter against London Wednesday night. Goode had 8 points and 6 rebounds along with 2 blocks in just 17 minutes for the Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Zane Johnson (22) keeps an eye on Papa Oppong late in the 4th quarter. Oppong was strong defensively for the Express, making a steal and pulling in 5 boards. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Zane Johnson (22) keeps an eye on Papa Oppong late in the 4th quarter. Oppong was strong defensively for the Express, making a steal and pulling in 5 boards. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor forward Kevin Loiselle splits Maurice Bolden (1) and Greg Surmacz on his way to a flush against London. The 6' 6" Montreal native had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals in 34 minutes. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor forward Kevin Loiselle splits Maurice Bolden (1) and Greg Surmacz on his way to a flush against London. The 6′ 6″ Montreal native had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals in 34 minutes. 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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