By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – In a repeat of last year’s NBLC finals, the Windsor Express sent the Island Storm back to PEI with the short end of a 100-85 score. In a very scrappy game that saw 56 personal fouls and no less than 36 turn-overs, Windsor managed to overcome a sluggish start and pull away in the 2nd quarter.
The Express were led by new comer Gary Gibson who put up 22 points. The 6’ 2” point guard, and Windsor native, hit on 69% shooting from the field, and dished for 8 assists. Windsor also received strong performances from Chris Commons with 13 points and Kevin Loiselle, off the bench with 17 points.
Another new comer, Tony Bennett, also gets an honourable mention as he played a solid 39 minutes contributing 10 points and 8 assists and making 1 steal.
The Express trailed the Storm by 1 point, 17-16, at the end of the 1st quarter, but then dropped 14 points in the first six minutes of the 2nd frame. They then added another 13 points before the half to lead 43-36 heading into the locker room.
The 2nd half was all Windsor as the home side pulled away to a 16 point lead in the 3rd before the visitors pulled within 12 at the buzzer.
The biggest difference in the game was Windsor’s ability to convert turn-overs into points as they capitalized on 23 Island Storm give-always for 21 points.
Windsor improved their record to 2-1 and they trail Mississauga by a half game. Their next tipoff will come against the division leaders on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm as they host the Power at the WFCU Arena.