Windsor Takes The Power Back

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – It started out rough and continued to the closing buzzer, but the Windsor Express battled their way to a 127-93 win over the visiting Oshawa Power. The second win in a row improves Windsor’s record to 12-16, and with the next three games against lowly Montreal (2-26), hope is high that the Express could be tasting .500 by the end of February, and a playoff spot.

From the opening tip there was a lot of physicality on the court and the referees seemed content to allow it to happen. On more than three occasions Oshawa players were left laying on the floor during Windsor’s display of break-neck basketball and complete dominance over the Power.

Chris Commons led the Express with 4 fouls as well as 31 points as he went 6 for 6 from three point range, during his 35 minutes on the hardwood. On the night the home team put down 17 treys as Oshawa failed to defend against the onslaught.

Windsor’s Mike Helms netted 21 points, including 5 from outside the arc, while Lester Prosper upped his game by out-rebounding even Kevin Loiselle 11 to 9. Loiselle, Stefan Bonneau, and Victor Morris all reached double digits in the points column. Former University of Windsor player, and under utilized swingman, Isaac Kwon dropped a long-range shot and quickly followed it up with a steal and lay-up for two points.

Helping the team to success was Merrimack College grad Darren Duncan who contributed 6 points and added 16 dishes to his league-leading 7.54 assists per game.

The win drew Windsor to within 3 games of Moncton for the final playoff position, with six games in hand. Next up is le Jazz de Montréal at home on 13 February. Don’t forget that there are a number of discounted tickets available as well as a special St Valentine’s Day offer from the Express. Check online or call 519-974-7979 for details.

Prior to the game a networking opportunity was held for young professionals in the Leon's Lounge. Pictured from left are Lucas Labute, Patrick Dobmeier, and Cassie Fryscok from Investor's Group, and Chris from GenNext, hosts of the gathering. Photo by Ian Shalapata

Prior to the game a networking opportunity was held for young professionals in the Leon’s Lounge. Pictured from left are Lucas Labute, Patrick Dobmeier, and Cassie Fryscok from Investor’s Group, and Chris from GenNext, hosts of the gathering. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor's Kevin Loiselle wins the opening tip against the Oshawa Power on 6 February 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Kevin Loiselle wins the opening tip against the Oshawa Power on 6 February 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This was a common sight for Harris William ad the Oshawa Power as Windsor closed down any opportunity the visitors thought they had. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This was a common sight for Harris William and the Oshawa Power as Greg Surmacz and Chris Commons closed down any opportunity the visitors thought they had. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lester Prosper finds himself surrounded by Oshawa defenders, but that didn't stop him and the Express from defeating the Power 127-93. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Lester Prosper finds himself surrounded by Oshawa defenders, but that didn’t stop him and the Express from defeating the Power 127-93. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

From high above the court, another two points go in for the Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

From high above the court, another two points go in for the Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor sets up the D that confused Oshawa all night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor sets up the D that confused Oshawa all night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor's Anthony Johnson slams home two of his points to the delight of the crowd. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Anthony Johnson slams home two of his points to the delight of the crowd. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Isaac Kwon (#11) sets up in the low post. He had 5 points plus a steal in limited minutes for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Isaac Kwon (#11) sets up in the low post. He had 5 points plus a steal in limited minutes for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson salutes the enthusiastic audience after the game. With each game and each win, the crowds grow larger and larger. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Anthony Johnson salutes the enthusiastic audience after the game. With each game and each win, the crowds grow larger and larger. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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About the Author

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.
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