By Matt Dumouchelle
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor’s 29 point lead nearly disappeared in the fourth quarter, but three clutch shots from Ryan Anderson sent the Express to a 124-112 victory over the Saint John Mill Rats on Saturday night at the WFCU Centre.
The Express dominated the first half, taking the first quarter 34-26 and following that with a 32-24 second quarter to put themselves in the drivers seat, up 15 points ahead at halftime.
The trend continued early in the third, when guard, Tony Bennett hit a jumper with six minutes left to give Windsor a game high 29 point advantage. Bennett also dished 9 times, contributed 23 points, and was the Windsor Square Player of the Game.
But that’s when things turned.
Saint John’s guard, Darin Mency brought his team back almost single handedly, scoring 16 points in the second half, and pulling the Mill Rats as close as four points in the final frame.
That’s when Anderson came off the bench and knocked down three straight three pointers to end the slide and put Windsor back up by 13.
“Ryan was an all-star last year, he can shoot the lights out,” Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones said. “When he knocked those threes down, it was tough for them to get any momentum back after that.”
Anderson ended with 15 points and shot 5-for-5 from three point land.
Windsor’s DeAndre Thomas muscled his way to a team high 26 points, while Quinnel Brown followed up with 24 points of his own.
Windsor is now 9-0 at the WFCU Centre this season and take their overall record up to 13-4, leading the Central Conference by 2.5 games over the London Lightning.
The Express now venture away from home, as they travel to Brampton for a battle with the A’s today before a three-game east coast trip next weekend.
Windsor’s next home game is January 21 when the Express and Halifax Rainmen set up for Clash at the Colosseum II at Caesars Windsor.