Windsor Douses Rainmen

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Player of the Game, Kevin Loiselle fights off a Halifax player in the paint on Wednesday night. Loiselle put up 12 points to go with 9 boards to help lead Windsor to a 95-68 win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – They’re making a habit of this. For the second straight year, the Windsor Express, hosts of the Clash at the Colesseum series, have walked away with an NBLC win at Caesars Windsor. This year’s victims were the Halifax Rainmen, who fell to the Express 95-68 on Wednesday evening.

The one-sided tilt was chippy at times. Late in the game the frustration and stress felt by the Rainmen was manifested with the expulsion of Forrest Fisher for his entanglement with Kevin Loiselle.

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DeAndre Thomas (2) was swarmed by Kevin Young and Tim Parham during play in the 1st half. The Express drew 43 free throws compared to Halifax’s lowly 14.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Halifax opened the scoring, but Windsor soon replied and continued to apply a beating to the Bluenosers. The Express had six players score in the double digits, led by the ever present Quinnel Brown with the team-high 18 points. The Big Man, DeAndre Thomas netted 13 points for Windsor while Kevin Loiselle added 12 as well as pulling down 9 boards.

Kirk Williams and Ryan Anderson each put up 12 points and Tony Bennett added 10 of his own to round out the top six.

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The referee didn’t want to hear it from Halifax’s Kevin Taylor. The frustration level for the Rainmen was rising high late in the game.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Point guard Bennett dished off 6 assists and was spelled off at times by former Windsor Lancer Josh Collins, who made 5 assists.

Defensively, Jamarcus Ellis stepped up with 3 steals and 2 blocks while grabbing 4 rebounds.

The Rainmen led 11-10 after the first 6 minutes, before the Express turned up the heat. By the end of the 1st quarter Windsor was on top by 3 and turned that lead into 11 at the buzzer.

The second half was all Windsor. They steamrolled over Halifax in the 3rd frame and led by 19 heading home. In the 4th the Express were up by as much as 28 with just over a minute left to play, and settled for a 27 point lead by game’s end.

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Quinnel Brown and the Express rolled over top of Forrest Fisher and the Halifax Rainmen during Clash at the Colesseum II, held at Caesars Windsor. Brown led the way for the home side with a team-high 18 points.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While the Halifax Chronicle Herald would like to blame the loss on the Rainmen being short-staffed, Windsor was also without key players Chris Commons and Gary Gibson, for last night’s game. Both are expected to return to the line-up when the Express play on the road in Mississauga on Saturday.

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Tony Bennett played a key supporting role for Windsor as he made 6 assists and dropped 10 points in the win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The win lifts Windsor to a home undefeated record of 11-0 and they sit on top of the NBLC Central with a 15-7 standard, 2 games up on London.

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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