By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – With two late defensive rebounds by Kevin Loiselle, and a fast break pass to Stefan Bonneau for a two handed flush with 15 seconds left to play, the Express put the winning touches on their match last night at the WFCU Arena. Windsor edged out a 105-97 win to take Game 1 of the NBL quarter-finals against the Mississauga Power, in front of 825 fans.
Still on a high from their sudden-death game against Ottawa, the Power took the play to Windsor, scoring the first five points and settling on a 24-22 first quarter lead. While Windsor was in front 53-44 at the half, they just couldn’t shake the pesky visitors as the lead changed hands seven times during the course of the game.
Loiselle scored a double-double, to help the Express to the win, with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds. Windsor received a big game from 6’ 9” forward Chris Commons who dropped 29 points to lead all shooters. In total, Windsor had six players in double digit scoring; Quinnel Brown (19), Bonneau (15), Darren Duncan (14) and the returning DeAndre Thomas (10). Duncan also completed his double-double by dishing off 15 assists.
Windsor faces Mississauga in Game 2 tonight at the WFCU Arena with the tip-off at 7:00 pm. The Square takes this opportunity to congratulate Michelle Brule, winner of two Premium Bowl seats to watch the Express this evening. Thank you to all who entered, and if you didn’t win this time, please watch here for more chances to see the Windsor Express playoff basketball.