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Express celebrated their first win in their first NBL game - Nov 3, 2012


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The Windsor Express invited a lot of people to their coming out party and they didnt disappoint Friday night at the WFCU Centre.
Opting to give away tickets to their franchise opener in the National Basketball League of Canada, the Express enticed a crowd of more than 3,000 to see them play the Halifax Rainmen.
The Express played a tough, entertaining style and held on at the finish for a 111-105 victory.
Music thumped through the main bowl and players lingered on the court to shake hands with spectators after the game.
Not everything went perfect on opening night but organizational chaos took a back seat to some decent basketball once the whistle blew.
Ive played in some great atmospheres but this has to be the best, former Windsor Lancer Greg Surmacz (6'8''-F-86, agency: Interperformances) said. It was electric out there. I got goose bumps on my arms from the crowd at the end.
Surmacz made six of eight free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, including a pair to ice the victory with 16 seconds to play.
He also came crashing down on Halifax guard Darren Duncan (5'11''-PG-88, college: Merrimack) to ensure he couldnt get a shot off in the final minutes of play.
I try to go out and set the tempo, Surmacz said. It was hard foul but it was a clean foul and we went on a 6-0 run after it.
Both teams lived up to the leagues reputation for offering a pace thats fast and furious.
Windsor point guard Mike Helms (6'1''-PG-82, college: Oakland) kicked off the festivities with some long threes in the first half and Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Ill.-Springfield) of the Rainmen lit up the citys new court with 22 of his 27 points in the second half.
I think we gave the crowd what they wanted, said Windsors Isaac Kuon (6'4''-F/G-87), who goes down as jamming home the first dunk in franchise history and finished with six points and a couple of steals.
It was entertaining and it was exciting. For us, this was our championship game. We wanted people to come out and see us and we want them to come back.
Train whistles blared through the speaker system during pre-game and the crowd was ramped up by a steady stream of sideshows including gymnasts, stiltmen , the teams dance troupe and an overall-wearing conductor for a mascot.
Im really happy to get our first win, Windsor coach Bill Jones said. The guys played well. We showed folks were going to be professional and were going to be a team with a tough personality.
Helms led Windsor with 25 points. Anthony Johnson (6'7''-F-89, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Azusa Pacific) added 20 points, Surmacz finished with 16 and Raymond Kraemer (6'4''-G-87, college: Nevada) scored 17 off the bench.

Courtesy of Windsor Star   



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