Express Climbs Above .500

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Alex Johnson (14) is pestered by London’s Warren Ward during a meeting in Windsor on 20 February 2016. Johnson hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for Windsor, en route to 17 points on the night.
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Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON)- The Windsor Express finished off the London Lightning (16-5) in front of 1,465 at home with a 91-88 victory, Saturday night. The win marked the return of Bill Jones to lead the bench for Windsor.

The NBLC reinstated Jones, who had been serving a 1-year suspension after an incident prior to Game 7 of last year’s final series vs the Halifax Rainmen.

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Former Windsor Express Ryan Anderson (44) watches as Alex Johnson extends for two points against London on 20 February 2016.
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In a release issued by the league, the suspension was reduced to 20 games to lead off the 2015-16 season.

Jones was on the bench Saturday after taking over the head coaching duties from his older brother, Tony Jones.

The game was a see-saw battle with the lead changing nine times between the Highway 401 rivals. Despite a 17-point lead for Windsor in the 2nd quarter, London continued to pressure the Express through to the final buzzer.

Windsor took a 48-36 lead into the dressing room at half time on just 48.6% shooting from the floor. Luckily for the Express, London was worse at 32.6%.

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Point guard Tony Bennett pushes between Marcus Capers (34) and Stephen Maxwell (21) as head coach Bill Jones sends instructions from the bench.
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The typical Windsor collapse appeared to be in the script during the 2nd half. London out-scored Windsor 29-22 in the 3rd quarter and again 23-21, in the final frame, but time ran out on the Lightning.

Brandon Robinson led the Express with a team-high 23 points. Chris Commons was close behind, chipping in 22 points of his own.

Alex Johnson (17) and Shaquille Keith (13) were the other Express players who scored in the double digits. Tony Bennett just missed out on a double-double as he scored 8 points and dished 13 assists.

The Express have finally scratched their way above .500 (11-10) and sit in 2nd place in the NBLC Central, 5 games behind London. They will welcome the 3rd place Orangeville A’s to Windsor on March 26 with the tipoff at 7:30pm.

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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