Solid Effort For Windsor

Windsor's Quinnel Brown looks to dish off deep in Ottawa's zone. Brown dropped 13 points and made six rebounds in the home victory Friday evening. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Quinnel Brown looks to dish off deep in Ottawa’s zone. Brown dropped 13 points and made six rebounds in the home victory Friday evening. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Chris Commons get a look despite the best efforts of Ottawa's Eric Kibi. Commons led all Windsor players with 29 points on the night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons get a look despite the best efforts of Ottawa’s Eric Kibi. Commons led all Windsor players with 29 points on the night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Stefan Bonneau lays up for two points in front of 600 in attendance. Bonneau would leave the game with a lower body injury. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Stefan Bonneau lays up for two points in front of 600 in attendance. Bonneau would leave the game with a lower body injury. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Darren Duncan goes low to avoid the pressure from the Ottawa defense. Duncan made 10 assists, 9 points, and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Darren Duncan goes low to avoid the pressure from the Ottawa defense. Duncan made 10 assists, 9 points, and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Papa Oppong can hardly contain himself as he has a clear lane to the basket against Ottawa. Oppong had an error-free 31 minutes while collecting 12 points and 3 assists. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Papa Oppong can hardly contain himself as he has a clear lane to the basket against Ottawa. Oppong had an error-free 31 minutes while collecting 12 points and 3 assists. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This two-handed flush by Kevin Loiselle capped the game for Windsor and sealed Ottawa's fate. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This two-handed flush by Kevin Loiselle capped the game for Windsor and sealed Ottawa’s fate. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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. Email Ian Shalapata
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