By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Emotions were running high last night, as the Express hosted the always potent Brampton A’s in NBLC action at the WFCU Arena. Windsor awoke from their slumber for a come-from-behind 103-96 conquest to push their league leading record to 11-3.
The win also extends Windsor’s record against Brampton to 3-1 this season, losing just once to the A’s on the road.
The victory continued Windsor’s perfection at home, but the 8-0 mark was in doubt from the opening tipoff. Brampton built up a 29-19 lead by the end of the 1st quarter and continued on top at the half-way buzzer, 47-43. The A’s continued their dominance through the third frame, slipping behind by 11 points, 78-67, with just 12 minutes left to play. The Express dug deep in the 4th as they started the quarter on a 22-9 run to jump in front, and built the lead to 7 points by the final whistle.
Windsor also led Brampton in the technical foul calls, 3-1. A 3rd quarter pushing contest seemed to be what the Express needed to shift the momentum their way. While the A’s held the lead for almost 40 minutes, the Express held the edge when it counted.
The Express were led by stand-out Quinnel Brown who scored another double-double. Brown put up 15 points and grabbed 10 boards to win Windsor Square Player of the Game honours. Windsor’s forward added 5 assists, a steal, and a block for a well-rounded effort.
Windsor native Gary Gibson also stood out as he shot 50% from the floor and a perfect 11 for 11 from the charity stripe. Gibson contributed 19 points and 6 assists for the win.
Express workhorse Tony Bennett shot a game-high 23 points in 44 minutes as Windsor received double digit scoring from six players.
Windsor will now travel up the 401 to London for a Saturday matchup against the Lightning, who are sitting in second place in the Central Conference. The tipoff is at 7:00 pm.
The next home game for Windsor will be January 8 when Brampton returns for a rematch. Start time is also 7:00 pm.