(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express embarked on their quest for a third straight NBL Canada title as they opened the season Boxing Day night, when the Orangeville A’s arrived in town. Not all went according to plan when a narrow victory was wrestled from their hands in the dying moments.
Despite a game high 27 points from Express veteran Chris Commons, Windsor dropped a nail biter in the home opener against Orangeville, 98-97. The decisive bucket came with just two seconds left to play when A’s Bilal Benn knocked down his only trey to silence the announced crowd of 1,422.
The Express spent much of the night playing from behind after dropping back 27-16 in the 1st quarter. With a lot of hard work, Windsor was able to turn the tables 26-15 in the 2nd frame to even things up by half time.
Defense was thrown to the wind in the 3rd when Windsor edged up by two, 32-30, but with 12 minutes left to play, the game was too close to anticipate a winner.
The Express were still leading by two as the clock ticked down toward the final buzzer. However, the ball was kicked out to Orangeville’s Moss for his one shot at the win.
Orangeville was led in scoring by Lewis Jackson with 23 points.
For Windsor, Commons added 4 boards and 4 helpers, plus 2 steals in the loss. A newcomer to the Express backcourt, Shaquille Keith, put up 23 points and 8 rebounds for Windsor. Adrian Moss chipped in 18 points for the Express.
The Express will hit the road for a pair of games, starting tomorrow evening in London. They’ll then face these same A’s on New Year’s Day before returning on the 2nd to host the expansion Niagara River Lions. Tipoff is at 7:30 pm.