By Ian Shalapata
(ORANGEVILLE, ON) – Remarkably, after 36 minutes of play between the Windsor Express and the Orangeville As, the score was knotted at 82. With a minute and a half remaining, just a single point separated the teams before the As went on an 8-3 run down the stretch to win 110-104.
Orangeville held a 5-point margin at the end of the 1st quarter as the Express relied on an outside game, hitting 9-for-21 from beyond the arc. The strategy worked as Windsor overcame the deficit and finished the half up by seven, 54-47.
The As took control after the break, running to a 35-28 spread in the 3rd frame and setting up the final quarter drama. The Express were denied the success from downtown they held in the 1st half as they dropped off to 4-for-20.
Kirk Williams Jr led the Express with a team-high 21 points coupled with 10 rebounds. He was followed by Brandon Robinson with 16 and Rudolphe Joly and Billy Rush with 13 apiece. Maurice Bolden and Joly added 9 and 8 boards, respectively.
Windsor was without the services of Chris Commons who did not make the trip to Orangeville.
The Express trail the London Lightning by 4 games in the NBLC Central Division, and are 4.5 games ahead of 3rd place Niagara.
Windsor will return home to host the Moncton Miracles this Friday at 7:30pm, followed by the Halifax Hurricanes the following evening.