By Matt Dumouchelle
(MONCTON, NB) – Shorthanded, and on a three game losing streak, the Windsor Express dug deep to earn a 98-93 victory over the Moncton Miracles on Sunday afternoon and salvaged one game of their east coast trip.
Chris Commons’ three pointer at the buzzer rimmed out and the Windsor Express fell 111-108 in overtime to the Island Storm in Charlottetown, PE, on Friday night. The game boiled down to free throws at the end of regulation and overtime, with both teams having their struggles that would accumulate in clutch moments.
The road woes for the Express continued Saturday night, after a 112-102 loss to the Saint John Mill Rats at Harbour Station. Saint John (10-13) came out of the gates shooting well, outscoring Windsor 24-15 in the first quarter.
An even third quarter brought the game into it’s final period with Saint John ahead 82-75. The Express’ seven point deficit quickly turned into a 16 point hole after the Mill Rats opened the fourth on 17-8 run.
Commons led Windsor with 25 points in the game, while Kevin Loiselle added 17 points of his own off the bench.
Windsor (14-7) was playing without guards, Gary Gibson and Quinnel Brown, but the bench stepped up. Josh Collins (15) and Erik Parker (10) had season highs in points and Ryan Anderson dropped a team high 19 in his first start of the year for the Express.
Windsor opened the game slowly, falling behind 10-2 very early, but came back to win the quarter 22-19. The second swung back in Moncton’s (6-14) favour, bringing the teams to the locker room at halftime with a 41-39 Windsor advantage.
It was a tale of two quarters in the second half, with the Express outscoring Moncton 33-23 in the third and, at one point, expanding their lead to 84-64 in the fourth quarter. But the Miracles returned the favour with a late-game push, bringing the game within three points with 26 seconds left before Loiselle nailed two free throws to end the threat.
Loiselle also made his first start of the season, playing just over 40 minutes and adding 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Windsor heads home to prepare for the Clash at the Colosseum II at Caesars Windsor on Wednesday, against the Halifax Rainmen.