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Thursday April 30th, 2015

Posted at 6:39pm

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Last updated: Sunday May 3rd, 12:51am

The National Basketball League of Canada has declared the Windsor Express 2015 champions by forfeit over the Halifax Rainmen.

The Rainmen did not appear at Game 7, citing concerns over safety after an altercation earlier in the day.

Rainmen Owner Andre Levingston expressed his concerns stating, “Today is truly a black eye for our league, when the games is not safe for players to compete there is a problem. We have to do a better job of governing our league and putting principles in place where there are strict consequences. I’ve played basketball all my life and have the utmost respect for the game, but what I witnessed today leaves me sadden, not just for me but for our fans, our partners and community who fought so hard to get us to this point.”

The game was first postponed by the National Basketball League of Canada at 6:30pm. Hours later the Express were declared champions, as according to NBL Canada rules, in the instance when a team does not appear for a game, a forfeit is ordered and the opposing team is awarded the victory.

“At the end of the day, a Championship is a Championship.” Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations, Bill Jones stated after the game. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t do it on the court, but we gave them a chance to play us for that Championship and they didn’t do that.”

Anyone with tickets to tonight’s Game 7 will be issued for a full refund. Tickets purchased by credit card will be automatically refunded, cash and debit purchases will be refunded at the TekSavvy.com Box Office inside the WFCU Centre on Friday, May 1st.

A city celebration will be held, with more details to be released shortly.

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