(ST CATHARINES, ON) – The margin of victory for the Niagara River Lions was derived from the free throw line. Foul troubles for the Windsor Express allowed the Lions to steal a 99-92 win at home at the Meridian Centre.
Windsor led Niagara in most offensive categories. The Express enjoyed 42.7% shooting from the floor and 29% from 3-point range compared to 34% and 22%, respectively, for the Lions. It was Niagara’s 85% from the penalty stripe, and more importantly the 34 trips to the line as opposed to just 19 chances for Windsor, that made the difference.
The Express had a number of players step up with outstanding individual performances, despite the loss. Maurice Bolden and Chris Commons each registered double-doubles with the former putting up 23 points and 10 rebounds. Commons contributed 12 points and was the team leader with 11 boards.
However, Tony Bennett hot 7-for12 from outside the arc en route to a team-high 24 points on the night.
Niagara had a 2-point lead after 12 minutes, but Windsor erased that and held the high ground 57-43 at half time. The Lions chipped away 6 points in the 3rd quarter, but left Windsor behind in the final frame by outscoring them 29-14, including a 7-0 run, for the win. The Express were 0-3 in their last three attempts in the final minute.
Windsor will continue on the road with a date in Orangeville this Friday. They’ll return home on April 15 as they welcome the Moncton Miracles to town.