Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones is introduced during the rally held at Windsor’s Festival Plaza on 3 May 2015. The Express were crowned 2014-15 champions when the Halifax Rainmen forfeited gae 7 of the championship series.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – It is official. The Windsor Express are the 2014-15 NBLC Champions. Yesterday, in front of 300 die-hard fans, the Express ownership group, staff, and players celebrated the repeat championship at the Festival Plaza on Windsor’s riverfront.

Only scant reference was made to the forfeiture of the finals game 7 by the Halifax Rainmen. The team left town after a lopsided brawl took place between 12 Halifax players and five Express personnel. Windsor was left holding the cup when the NBLC board of governors declared the Express the champions.

Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Kirk Williams Jr, and the Express players signed autographs for the fans after the rally celebrations.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Kirk Williams Jr’s daughter poses with the NBLC’s MVP trophy at the championship rally in Windsor.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Kevin Loiselle does his best Tony Bennett impersonation. The Windsor guard could not attend the rally in person.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

The 2014-15 League MVP, Quinnel Brown, shows off the hardware at the Festival Plaza on Sunday.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Kirk Williams Jr was named the NBLC MVP for the final series in 2014-15.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Kevin Loiselle sprays the Express players with a bottle of bubbly during Windsor’s championship rally.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Ryan Anderson (l) looks on from the stage as Express forward Chris Commons glances out at the crowd in front of the festival stage.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Jamarcus Ellis and Kirk Williams Jr were killin’ it all season for the Express. It paid off with the team’s second NBLC championship in a row.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Head coach Bill Jones was front and centre, grooving to the musical stylings of Rodney Jones as he sang Aint No Stoppin’s Us Now at the Windsor Express championship rally.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Over 300 Express fans sang along with Rodney Jones during the rally at Festival Plaza.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Windsor fans were believers all season along the road to repeat as NBLC champions. The Express did not disappoint.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

Express president Dartis Willis shows off the championship ring from the 2013-14 season. He’ll need a body guard when he adds the new ring to his ensemble.
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Windsor Express championship rally 2015

The crowd assembled at Festival Plaza were 12-deep for the rally to celebrate the 2014-15 NBLC Champions.
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

1 Comment on "Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now"

  1. blindsight | 4 May 2015 at 14:47 |

    So when all is said and down how profitable has this been for the city

    and what was the average turnout to watch the team locally ??

    “The Windsor Express — the city’s recently named team in the National Basketball League of Canada — wants the city to buy a $125,000 basketball floor for the WFCU Centre before the team will commit to a one-year term at the venue.”

    “According to the report, the cost to the city of buying the basketball floor works out to about $6,250 per game for the first season of the Windsor Express.”

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