Express Excite

Quinnel Brown lays up in the 1st Quarter for two of his 13 points on the night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Quinnel Brown lays up in the 1st Quarter for two of his 13 points on the night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

Windsor's point guard, Darren Duncan, muscles through Ottawa's defense for a timely lay-up on 11 January 2014. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s point guard, Darren Duncan, muscles through Ottawa’s defense for a timely lay-up on 11 January 2014. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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DeAndre Thomas (2) pulls down a rebound in the Ottawa zone. He would have 8 offensive and 7 defensive boards in the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Duncan goes high above the crowd late in the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Duncan goes high above the crowd late in the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Just a few of the almost 700 who watched Windsor defeat Ottawa 88-86. These fans were enjoying the game on the floor in the front row. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Just a few of the almost 700 who watched Windsor defeat Ottawa 88-86. These fans were enjoying the game on the floor in the front row. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kevin Loiselle shows fine form during a lay-up against Ottawa. Loiselle had 11 points and 14 rebounds during the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kevin Loiselle shows fine form during a lay-up against Ottawa. Loiselle had 11 points and 14 rebounds during the game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ottawa defenders try to tie up Stefan Bonneau (5) in the key; and for good reason. Bonneau was the big scorer for Windsor with 34 points and 5 rebounds in the Express victory. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Ottawa defenders try to tie up Stefan Bonneau (5) in the key; and for good reason. Bonneau was the big scorer for Windsor with 34 points and 5 rebounds in the Express victory. 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