Express Halt Losing Skid

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Brandon Robinson (10) looks to dish the ball against Orangeville on 17 January 2016. Robinson registered a double-double with 27 points and 10 boards, in PEI, and a game-high 27 points against the A’s.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express lost their second game in a row while out east to the Island Storm (4-5) with a final score of 107-105. The Express were off to a rough start in the game, creating a 15-point deficit at the four minute mark, giving the Storm a 24-9 lead.

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Chris Commons (24) pushes past an Orangeville defender en route to the basket. Commons put up 31 points against Charlottetown and 27 vs the A’s.
Photo by John Skinner.

However, the Express went on a 10-0 run in the last few minutes of the quarter to bring the score within 5, at 24-19. The Storm would close out the first quarter with a 28-26 lead.

Nick Evans opened up the second quarter with a three-point play to extend the Island’s lead. Windsor took their first lead of the game at the 9:25 mark, after a fast break dunk from Shaquille Keith, and taking a one point lead over the Island. However, the Island finished the first half with a 56-52 advantage.

The third quarter did not fare well for the Express as they could not regain the lead. The Express went into the last quarter of the game down by four.

The Island went into the last quarter of the game, creating a ten-point lead over Windsor, 86-76. Windsor fought back with back to back three pointers from Brandon Robinson and Chris Commons, with five minutes left in the game.

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Alex Johnson (14) dishes to a waiting Express player with a clear run to the bucket.
Photo by John Skinner.

Former Windsor guard Gary Gibson sealed the win for the Island with a pair of free throws to end the game.

Commons and Robinson each had a double double in the loss. Commons shot a game-high 31 points and 13 rebounds. Robinson followed suit with 27 points and 10 boards. Adrian Moss contributed seven assists.

Back at home on Sunday, the Windsor Express (5-5) earned a big win over the Orangeville A’s (2-5), after a strong start in the first quarter, by a score of 111-95.

Windsor was off to a strong start in the first quarter with a 14-2 run. Robinson’s three pointer at the end of the quarter gave Windsor a 36-20 lead.

Keith knocked down two free throws to start off the second quarter, extending the Express’ lead, although the A’s outshot the Express 26-21 during the quarter.

The Express went into halftime with a 57-46 advantage.

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Windsor point guard Tony Bennett eyed the basket on his way to 2 of his 22 points against Orangeville.
Photo by John Skinner.

Commons started the second half with a three point play to push Windsor further ahead. Orangeville went on a 6-0 run before Robinson closed the third with a one handed slam.

The A’s opened up the last quarter with three free throws from Anto Raic. However, the Express did not give up their lead throughout the remainder of the period.

Moss hit a deep three in the last minute and Keith responded with a bucket to solidify the Express lead.

Robinson was the leading scorer for the Express, putting up a game-high 27 points. Commons added 26 points of his own and Tony Bennett had 22 points. Maurice Bolden had four blocks for the Express.

The Windsor Express are back in action this weekend for back to back games. The London Lightning will come to town on January 22 for a 7:30pm start. The following night the Niagara River Lions come to town for a tip off at 7:30pm.

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