Commons Shoots Out The Lights

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Flenard Whitfield (24) had to be restrained by Orangeville head coach Chris Thomas after a skirmish with Express players. The former Western Michigan star was ejected from the game.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON)- The captain, Chris Commons, led the Express offense with a game-high 32 points to help the NBL Canada franchise back to the .500 level with a home win over the Orangeville A’s last night. Windsor benefitted from five players who made double digits in the 99-95 victory.

The Express started the game with a 8-0 run to jump into an early lead over the GTA visitors, and led at the buzzer 28-17.Orangeville fought back, however, and were able to go in front by one with two minutes left in the 1st half, finishing 49-48.

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Chris Commons.

Commons went to work in the 3rd by hitting back-to-back triples and spurring the Express to a 76-64 lead by the end of 36 minutes. Orangeville attempted to get back into the game but were reeling after a Maurice Bolden slam. Some strong defense by Windsor kept the A’s at bay to preserve the lead at the wire.

Brandon Robinson added 14 points and 4 steals for Windsor, while Tony Bennett chipped in 12 plus 15 helpers for the double-double. Bolden pulled down 13 boards to anchor the backcourt.

Windsor will head out on the road for a 2-game stint beginning in London on February 18 before wrapping the shortened trek by facing the River Lions in St Catharines the following night.

The Express return home to face the Lightning on February 20, to complete three games in three nights. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to Express home games by emailing The Square with the correct answer to the skill testing question (5×7)+5.

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Maurice Bolden hangs from the rim after a monster jam in the 4th quarter put a damper on any thought of an Orangeville comeback.
Photo by John Skinner.

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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. Email Ian Shalapata
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