Express Fall Short By Single Point

Chris Commons and the Windsor Express dropped a close game on the road in Moncton, 120-119. Commons led all shooters with .Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons and the Windsor Express dropped a close game on the road in Moncton, 120-119. Commons led all shooters with 31 points.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(MONCTON, NB) – The Windsor Express (4-4) dropped the first game, of a three game road trip, to the Moncton Miracles (3-5), with a final score of 120-119.

Tony Bennett started the game with a three pointer to give the Express an early lead. Midway through the 1st quarter, a three pointer from Brandon Robinson put the Express in the lead, 21-8.

The free throw line allowed the Miracles back into the game, and cut the Express lead to single digits. Windsor closed out the first quarter with a 37-32 lead.

The second quarter started with a missed free throw by Ljubisa Vrcelj, but a three pointer from Chris Matthews kept the Express in the lead, 41-34. A pair of free throws from Tyler Murray gave Moncton their first lead of the game, 43-42, at the 8:39 mark.

Windsor jumped back into the lead, just after the midway point, with a 4-point advantage, 53-49. A back and forth contest brought Moncton within 3, but Windsor started to pull away after a layup from Maurice Bolden.

Windsor went into the break with a 71-66 advantage.

The Express started the 3rd quarter on a strong note, with a basket from Bolden to maintain the lead. The game changer for the Miracles was a forced turnover by James Justice, resulting in a 3-point play to close the gap to only three, 84-81, with six minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Miracles outshot the Express 26-24 in the third, but Windsor finished the quarter with a 95-92 lead.

Robinson started final frame with a dunk to keep Windsor in the lead, but Tydran Beaty drained a trey to tie the score at 97. By the middle of the quarter, Beaty hit a jumper to give Moncton the lead, for the second time, at 105-104.

In the last five minutes, it was a back and forth contest between both teams. Chris Commons hit a deep three to give Windsor a 1-point lead, with under two minutes remaining, but it was not enough. Moncton went back to the line four more times and secured the win.

Commons led all scorers with a game high 31 points, and 10 boards for the double-double. Robinson put up 27 points of his own, while Bolden added 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, giving him his second straight double-double.

The Windsor Express are in Charlottetown tonight to take on the Island Storm at the Eastlink Centre.


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