Windsor Punches London’s Ticket

Quinnel Brown drives past a London defender on the way to the hoop Friday evening. Windsor defeated London for the third straight time this season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Quinnel Brown drives past a London defender on the way to the hoop Friday evening. Windsor defeated London for the third straight time this season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express played their second game in as many nights, after a 19-day lay-off, and they were slow out of the gate. The London Lightning quickly took advantage of a number of miscues by Windsor, going on a 12-point run, and building up a 26-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. London extended the lead to 19 points before Windsor found their footing and out-scored the Lightning 32-13 in the second frame to lead 42-39 after 24 minutes.

Even thought the two teams traded 27 points in the 3rd quarter, London lost steam and Windsor ran away with the game in the 4th to extend their streak to nine wins, setting a team record, with a 97-80 victory. It is the 3rd time in a row Windsor has defeated London.

Darren Duncan led the Express with a double-double, scoring 13 points and making 13 assists.

Quinnel Brown and Stefan Bonneau led Windsor scorers with 21 points each, and Brown added 9 rebounds while they both went 3 for 7 from outside the arc. Bonneau has been named the NBL Player of the Week; his second such award this season.

Stefan Bonneau changed direction in mid-flight and sneaked under the arm of Dwight McCombs for a pretty reverse lay-up. Bonneau has been named the NBL's Player of the Week for the second time this season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Stefan Bonneau changed direction in mid-flight and sneaked under the arm of Dwight McCombs for a pretty reverse lay-up. Bonneau has been named the NBL’s Player of the Week for the second time this season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

DeAndre Thomas set up office in the paint, dropping a number of points from under the basket as well as puling down five offensive rebounds before fouling out later in the game.

With the win, the Express also set a franchise record for wins in a season with their 23rd, and 10 games remaining in the regular season.

In an overwhelming show of solidarity with the Express, over 1,300 patrons attended the game Friday night at the WFCU Centre. They will have another chance to catch the Train when Windsor pulls into the station at 7:00 pm on St Valentine’s Day. Tickets for are available at the TekSavvy Box Office in the WFCU Centre or by phone at 1-866-969-WFCU.

Jermaine Johnson can't stop DeAndre Thomas from lifting two against London. Thomas made himself at home in the paint and couldn't be budged all night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jermaine Johnson can’t stop DeAndre Thomas from lifting two against London. Thomas made himself at home in the paint and couldn’t be budged all night. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons goes full extension after spinning away from a London defender. 1,350 fans were treated to a Windsor come-back victory for their ninth win in a row. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons goes full extension after spinning away from a London defender. 1,350 fans were treated to a Windsor come-back victory for their ninth win in a row. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

All eyes were on Kevin Loiselle as he aired out the one handed flush to put the icing on the cake for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

All eyes were on Kevin Loiselle as he aired out the one handed flush to put the icing on the cake for Windsor. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While McCombs tries in vain to block Bonneau, the Windsor shooting guard kicks the rock out to Chris Commons who then dropped a trey in the second quarter. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While McCombs tries in vain to block Bonneau, the Windsor shooting guard kicks the rock out to Chris Commons who then dropped a trey in the second quarter. 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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