By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – In anticipation of the fourth meeting of the season between Windsor and London, fans of the Express were expecting another hard-fought nail-biter. Instead, the 1,136 in attendance at the east-end arena were witness to a record 46 1st quarter points from the Windsor sharp shooters, on the way to a 131-120 victory; their 7th in a row. It was the second game in a row London has given up 131 points.
By the half, Windsor was sitting with a 28 point lead, 76-48, and half way through the 3rd quarter 30 points separated the two teams. However, by the end of the 3rd, London had cut that lead in half. London wouldn’t get much closer as they and the Express traded baskets until the final whistle.
Head coach Bill Jones relied heavily on three of his starters; Quinnel Brown, Chris Commons, and Tony Bennett. Each player was pushing 40 minutes on the hardwood and Jones wasn’t disappointed in their production.
Bennett, the former London Lightning guard, dropped a team high 34 points for the Express as well as dishing off 8 assists and making 4 steals. Brown recorded Windsor’s only double-double as he put up 23 points and hauled in an incredible 20 rebounds. Commons added 13 points for Windsor, including going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and making 2 blocks.
Centre DeAndre Thomas continued his strong play by tallying 22 points and 7 boards.
By jumping out in front by such a wide margin, Jones was able to get his bench more minutes than they are used to seeing. Former Windsor Lancer Josh Collins dropped 7 points and chipped in 2 assists, 1 steal, and 4 rebounds. Kevin Loiselle had 9 points, 4 assists, and a block, and pulled down 10 rebounds, just missing a double-double in only 19 minutes. Dominique Buckley hit for 8 points on the strength of 2 treys.
London’s John Hart flew under the radar for much of the game, but emerged with a game-high 36 points in the losing effort.
The win maintains Windsor’s grasp atop the NBLC Central Division and extends their lead over London to 2.5 games.
Windsor will now travel to Mississauga for a match-up tomorrow afternoon. The Power have been idle since November 22, when they lost to Brampton 112-100.
The Express won’t be home again until December 27 when they host Mississauga. That day all children 13 and under will be admitted free of charge.