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.