Penalties Hamper Express In Loss

during the NBL Canada game between the Niagara River Lions and the Windsor Express on 24 March 2016 at the  WFCU Arena in Windsor, ON. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Niagara’s Sam Muldrow is watched by Chris Commons during the NBL Canada game between the River Lions and the Windsor Express on 24 March 2016 at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, ON.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

during the NBL Canada game between the Niagara River Lions and the Windsor Express on 24 March 2016 at the  WFCU Arena in Windsor, ON. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Alex Johnson (14) keeps a close eye on point guard Sammy Zeglinski during the NBL Canada game between the Niagara River Lions and the Windsor Express on 24 March 2016 at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, ON.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

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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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