(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.