Express Split Road Games

Chris Commons

Chris Commons (24) led the Windsor Express through two road games over the weekend. He finished with 21 points and 8 boards in an 86-85 victory over the London Lightning on 6 February 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(LONDON, ON)- The Windsor Express were looking to win their second game in a row after a big win last Wednesday, but fell to the Orangeville A’s after a buzzer beater three from Rick Bodiford.

Chris Commons started the game off with a hook shot to give the Express their first lead, the the A’s dominated the remainder of the quarter, as they capitalized on free throws and three pointers. The A’s finished the first period with a 27-19 lead.

Orangeville continued to extend the lead in the second until Windsor came climbing back. Brandon Robinson was able to tie the game with a big three pointer, with four minutes left in the half, bringing the score to 39 apiece. Orangeville then slowed Windsor down by taking back the lead when Justin Moss hit a long three at the buzzer to give Orangeville a six-point advantage, 49-43, going into halftime.

The Express brought the score to within one after Robinson hit two free throws at the 7:40 mark. But, the A’s closed out the third when Bilal Benn hit a pair from the penalty stripe, making it a four point game, 65-61.

The final quarter saw both teams alternate scoring for the first few minutes. Kirk Williams Jr gave Windsor their first lead since the first quarter when, in the final minute, he tipped in a shot to tie the score at 86. Tony Bennett sunk two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining, to put Windsor back in the lead, but Orangeville got the ball back and Bodiford dropped a trey with 1 second remaining, to seal the win at 89-88.

Kirk Williams Jr (32) and Cavell Johnson (24) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Former London Lightning Kirk Williams Jr put up a double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds in a losing effort against Orangeville, on Friday.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Williams put up a game-high 31 points and added 15 boards to for a double double. Robinson had 16 points of his own.

The Express then won their second straight against the London Lightning, this time on the road. Former Express player Ryan Anderson missed a last ditch three pointer and the Express prevailed 86-85.

Robinson started the game off on a high note with a shot from downtown to give the Express an early lead. Windsor maintained the lead throughout the first quarter and Alex Johnson hit a jumper at the buzzer to extend the lead to 32-25.

The second quarter was uneventful as neither Windsor nor London scored during the first few minutes. Warren Ward dropped a triple at the 9:33 mark and London took their first lead, 37-36, after a huge dunk from Stephen Maxwell, with just over four minutes left.

Windsor battled back and went into halftime with a 49-43 advantage.

Commons started off the second half with a hook to keep the Express in the lead, but the Lightning continued to fight back, closing the gap to two points. Bennett hit back-to-back three pointers to push the lead.

Former Raptor 905, Shaquille Keith (22) tries to move inside of Bilal Benn (12) late in the 2nd half against Orangeville.Photo by John Skinner.

Former Raptor 905, Shaquille Keith (22) tries to move inside of Bilal Benn (12) late in the 2nd half against Orangeville.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Express went into the final quarter leading 74-70.

London managed to take the lead after Ward hit a three pointer in the first two minutes of the 4th quarter. Maurice Bolden then tied the game at 77 with his won trey with less than nine minutes left to play.

A Chad Posthumus dunk put London up by 4, but Williams hit back-to-back buckets, as he did in the Clash, to tie the score at 84. Bennett then shot a pair of free throws to give Windsor a 1-point lead.

Commons finished with 21 points and 8 boards, and Shaquille Keith added 18 points in the winning effort.

The Windsor Express return home on this Thursday for a rematch against the Orangeville A’s. Game time is scheduled for 7:30pm. For your chance to win a pair of tickets for the game, email the Editor with the answer to (5×7) + 5.


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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.
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