Express Win Ugly Over Mississauga


Windsor Express basketball Thomas

DeAndre Thomas and the Windsor Express steamrolled the Mississauga Power on Saturday night 82-78. The win vaulted Windsor in the 10-win category, the fastest in the NBL this year.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.



By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express closed out the year on a winning note with an 82-78 victory over the visiting Mississauga Power, Saturday night. The win entrenches Windsor atop NBL Canada’s Central Conference as they became the first in the league to reach the 10-win mark.

Windsor Express basketball Gibson

Windsor Square Player of the Game Gary Gibson completes a one-handed dunk while draped by Mississauga’s Jordan Weidner. Gibson scored a double-double with 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Head coach Bill Jones went sparingly to his bench, opting to rotate three subs in a supporting role. Four Express starters each logged over 40 minutes on the hardwood and the team limped over the finish line with just 4 points to spare.

Windsor was led by Chris Commons’ team-high 22 points. The Express forward also added 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the winning effort.

Centre DeAndre Thomas put up 17 points and pulled down 7 boards, as the Express got a solid defensive output from the team as a whole, including 11 steals and 7 blocks.

Windsor Square Player of the Game Gary Gibson was a workhorse for the Express. The 6’ 2” Windsor native was given over 41 minutes of game time and responded with a double-double the hard way. The guard dished 10 times and grabbed 10 rebounds, as well as contributing 8 points. He was also on the receiving end of a Tony Bennett breakaway pass in the 3rd quarter that resulted in a crowd pleasing one-handed flush.

Windsor will now turn their attention to Brampton as they get ready to host the A’s on New Year’s Day. Tipoff is at 7:00 pm.

Windsor Express basketball Commons

Chris Commons (24) led the Express with 22 points in 41:29 of floor time.
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