By Matt Dumouchelle
(WINDSOR, ON) – There are no more undefeated teams in the NBL. The Windsor Express earned their third straight win by dismantling the Mississauga Power 116-95, on Saturday night at the WFCU Centre. The win moves Windsor into second place in the Central Division, half a game back of London, who also won.
Windsor (3-1) opened the game with a 9-0 run and fought off a Power (3-1) revolt to earn a 21-17 advantage after the first quarter. That lead ballooned to a 50-31 margin at halftime and Windsor kept the pressure on throughout the second half. The Express would not allow the Power to get closer than 8 points the rest of the way, closing out their largest margin victory of the season.
Chris Commons led the way with 25 points for Windsor and his ten rebounds were second on the team to Quinnel Brown’s 11. Brown also dropped 20 points.
Guard, Gary Gibson posted another solid outing, with 14 points and 10 assists. Another Windsor guard, Ryan Anderson, made his first appearance in an Express uniform tonight, netting three points in 25 minutes of play.
Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones was happy to have Anderson in the line-up, after missing the first three matches of the season.
“He came in and he is who we thought he was. He’s a star veteran player,” Jones stated. “He didn’t get a lot of shots but we may not need him to take a lot of shots.”
With his addition, the depth of the Express roster was evident with six players scoring in double figures, and one other player, Dominique Buckley, with eight points on the night. Jones believes with Anderson in the line-up, this team is deeper than the club that won the NBL Championship last season.
“That was one of the weakness of our team last year; our bench,” said Jones. “This offseason we went out and improved that and made this an even tougher team to play.”
Jones admits with the new found depth on the roster, guys will be fighting for their minutes.
“I’m going to get some bad looks,” he laughed. “But they have to get in where they fit in.”
It’s the third time in four games this season that Windsor has scored over 100 points. They have kept their opponents under 100 points in each contest so far.
Windsor welcomes the London Lightning to the WFCU Centre this Wednesday, November 19 for a 7:00 pm game.