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Sunday November 4th, 2012

Posted at 7:28am

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Photo by Owen Wolter

Following a tremendous season-opener win for Windsor’s newest sports club, the Express basketball team was looking to make it two in a row. Unfortunately, Oshawa thought differently after building a lead that was too big for Windsor to conquer. The Express fell to the Power 84-83 Saturday night, at the WFCU Centre.

Greg Surmacz led the way for Windsor with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Helms had 15 points while captain Anthony Johnson had 12 points.

For much of the first half, the Express kept it close. The Power managed to get some baskets, but Windsor remained solid with their defense. The Oshawa players pushed on offensively, with a strong showing by Nick Okorie, who had 16 points on the night. At halftime, the Express were only down by 6 and hoped to take control in the next quarters.

Things steepened though, for the Express, as the Power netted several 3-pointers throughout the 3rd quarter. Nevertheless, the Windsor Express got back on track in the 4th quarter, coming back from a 16-point deficit. Key throws and 3-point shots were made by the pressing forwards to ensure the comeback.

The crowd was definitely behind its new team as they cheered loudly with enthusiasm.

In the end, with less than a minute to play, the Express tried to run their plays. The ball bounced off the rim a couple of times before the final buzzer sounded, and Windsor was handed its first loss. The team is now 1-1 on the season.

The Express play a couple of games out-of-town, including a rematch with the Oshawa Power next Saturday in Oshawa. They roll back into Windsor on Friday, November 16th when they play host to the Summerside Storm at 7pm at the WFCU Centre.

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