By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Chris Commons upped his game and led the Windsor Express to a 102 – 87 win against the visiting Ottawa SkyHawks. Commons dropped 29 points and added six rebounds and three blocks as the Express shook off a sluggish start and took control of the game half way through the 1st quarter.
Windsor led by as much as 19 points in the 2nd quarter, but Ottawa just wouldn’t roll over, out-scoring the Express 26 – 19 in the 3rd. Injury was added to insult when Windsor’s natural leader, Stefan Bonneau, suffered a severe lower body injury that restricted him to just 25 minutes. He still contributed 16 points and seven boards before leaving the game.
Upon Bonneau’s absence, the rest of the Express stepped up their games. Starting forward Quinnel Brown scored 13 points and made two steals while Kevin Loiselle came off the bench with five rebounds and three steals. He also made a two-handed flush late in the game to seal the win for Windsor.
Point guard Darren Duncan made his return to the line-up noteworthy as he made two steals and eight defensive rebounds while dishing off 10 assists.
The win solidifies Windsor in the NBL’s top three with a mere .050 between Brampton and the Express.
Windsor won’t play again until next year when they travel up the 401 to London on New Year’s Day. The next home match for the Express will be January 3 when they host the Mississauga Power.