By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – After leading visiting Moncton Miracles by 5 points at the end of the 1st quarter, the hometown Express suffered a lapse in play and fell behind by 10 at the half. Only by digging deep, and an outstanding second half by centre DeAndre Thomas, did Windsor manage to claw their way back into the lead and hold off a Moncton charge for a 106-95 win.
The victory, Windsor’s sixth straight and fifth at home, gave the Express their best November in franchise history. Windsor now leads the over-all series between the two teams at 5-2.
Thomas reached the 25-point milestone for the 3rd game in a row with 26 against Moncton, going 10 for 17 from the floor. The big man also pulled down 6 rebounds in a defensive effort.
Third-year forward Chris Commons was another strong performer for the Express last night. The 29 year-old (he’ll be 30 on December 8) dropped 22 points, including going 5 for 7 from the penalty line, and made 5 assists and 7 rebounds to help ease Windsor over the finish line.
And continuing his strong season in red and black was Quinnel Brown. One of four Chicago-born players on the Express, Brown put up 23 points and added 5 rebounds to his league total 52, where he sits in 10th place.
Newcomer, and former Windsor Lancer, Gary Gibson also stepped into the light dishing off 6 assists and grabbing 11 boards, along with 8 points.
Windsor’s next game will be December 5 when they host their 401 Rival, the London Lightning. Tip-off is at 7:00 pm.