Saturday, November 3, 2012


(WINDSOR, ON) After a huge win in their home opener Friday night, the Windsor Express came up a sliver short 84-83 Saturday night against the visiting Oshawa Power.

Trailing by 16 points late in the game, the Express battled all the way back cutting the large margin thanks in part by some great rebounding by Kevin Loiselle and strong court control by captain Mike Helms.

With the crowd cheering them on at the WFCU, Windsor proved they can keep up with any team in the league.

"They started playing. It took them 36 minutes to start playing and it took the coach time to find the right combination," said Windsor coach Bill Jones.

Leading the way for Windsor offensively were University of Windsor product Greg Surmacz with 16 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of those defensively. Helms added 15 including three, three-point bombs, and Anthony Johnson had 12.

"I was disappointed because I hate to lose. Our goal was to win the fourth quarter," said Jones.

The lose has Windsor's National Basketball League of Canada's record at an even 1-1 which they have an opportunity to take against the Power in a rematch Saturday in Oshawa.

For the Power, who were playing in their first game of the season, Nick Okorie led the way with 16 points. Oshawa was up 44-38 at the half. Windsor outscored the Power a whopping 30-17 in the final period.

According to assistant coach Gerry Brumpton, "Windsor shot over 50 percent in the final quarter."

Windsor hosts Summerside Storm on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m and again on Sunday at 2 p.m.