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.
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.