Windsor Hangs On For Game 1 Victory

Stefan Bonneau completes a fast break with a two-handed flush against Mississauga at the WFCU Arena. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Stefan Bonneau completes a fast break with a two-handed flush against Mississauga at the WFCU Arena. The dunk put the game out of reach with 15 seconds left to play. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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.

Windsor's big man, DeAndre Thomas, made a dramatic return to the Express lineup after a five game suspension. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s big man, DeAndre Thomas, made a dramatic return to the Express lineup after a five game suspension. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In attendance at the Express game last night was Luke Wilson, tight-end for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is a native of LaSalle and graduate of Villanova High School and Rice University. A prospect with the Toronto Blue Jays, he decided to sign with the Seahawks and played every game for the NFL club in his first season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In attendance at the Express game last night was Luke Wilson, tight-end for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is a native of LaSalle and graduate of Villanova High School and Rice University. A prospect with the Toronto Blue Jays, he decided to sign with the Seahawks and played every game for the NFL club in his first season. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In a match-up of 24's, Chris Commons dunks over top of Mississauga's William Harris on his way to a 29-point game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In a match-up of 24’s, Chris Commons dunks over top of Mississauga’s William Harris on his way to a 29-point game. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Hype Squad was front and present, and very vocal, as they cheered on the Windsor Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Hype Squad was front and present, and very vocal, as they cheered on the Windsor Express. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons watches as George Goode (44) lays out Kirk Williams, Jr in the paint. Goode drew the charging foul under the watchful gaze of the referee. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons watches as George Goode (44) lays out Kirk Williams, Jr in the paint. Goode drew the charging foul under the watchful gaze of the referee. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kevin Loiselle goes high above the crowd to slam two of his 12 points. He also added 11 rebounds, including two defensive boards late in the game to break-up a Mississauga surge. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kevin Loiselle goes high above the crowd to slam two of his 12 points. He also added 11 rebounds, including two defensive boards late in the game to break-up a Mississauga surge. 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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