By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express won just one quarter last night, but it was enough to eke out an 88-86 victory over the visiting Ottawa Skyhawks.
In front of almost 700 in attendance, the Express led most of the game by the thinnest of margins. With under three minutes remaining to play, the Skyhawks managed to take a three point lead, but Windsor continued to apply the pressure to be up by two at the final buzzer.
Statistically, the difference between the teams was Windsor’s 35% shooting from outside the arc, including Stefan Bonneau going 4-8 on his way to lead all scorers with 34 points. The guard spent more time in the air than on the hard wood as he put on a plyometric display. Bonneau shot 12-19 from the floor and 6-7 from the line, plus adding five well-timed rebounds.
The Express also received outstanding performances from forward Quinnel Brown with 13 points as well as three steals and a blocked shot, and from Kevin Loiselle and DeAndre Thomas who split 29 rebounds and 20 points.
Point guard Darren Duncan dished off for 10 while adding 8 points and three steals for Windsor.
The win improves Windsor’s record to 19-7, just a half game behind the London Lightening. Windsor will host London in its next home game on January 15. It will be held in the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, the first ever game presented at a casino in Canada.