Split Leaves Express No Better, No Worse


Brandon Robinson (15) pulls down one of his 11 rebounds against Moncton to go along with his 23 points. Windsor snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 100-94 win over the visiting Miracles.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express continued their middling season by splitting a pair of games against visiting east coast teams over the weekend. After the dust had settled, Windsor is still 4 games behind London in the NBL Canada Central Division.

The Express began by snapping a 2-game losing streak with a victory on Friday over the Moncton Miracles, 100-94. The game’s leading scorer, Brandon Robinson, was named player of the game with 23 points and 11 boards, for the double-double.


Shaquille Keith (22) pushes past a Moncton defender during a game at the WFCU Arena on 15 April 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

He was assisted by Maurice Bolden who dropped 18 points coming off the bench, and Tony Bennett with 15 points and a game-high 7 steals.

Windsor built up a 53-40 lead after 24 minutes and seemed to be in control of the game. But Moncton continued to fight back in the 2nd half, especially in the 4th quarter, to close the gap to just 9 by game’s end.


Express captain, Chris Commons (24), made his return to the Windsor line-up against Moncton. Commons was named player of the game the following night when Halifax came to town.
Photo by John Skinner.

On Saturday, Windsor was behind from the beginning as they fell behind to the Halifax Hurricanes 32-27 after the 1st quarter. The Express picked up the pace in the 2nd frame, taking a 5-point lead into the dressing room at half time.

Halifax regained control in the 2nd half by out-scoring Windsor 58-47 en route to a 103-96 away win.


Shaquille Keith (22) goes high against the Halifax defenders during a drive to the basket in the 1st half on Saturday.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s player of the game was captain Chris Commons, who was appearing in his second game since returning from injury. Commons knocked down a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Robinson had another strong game for the Express. The Windsor forward put up 24 points and followed it up with 9 boards and 5 assists. Bennett contributed 20 points in the loss.


Billy Rush (10) has the best view of an Alex Johnson (14) two-handed slam against Halifax, on 16 April 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor now heads into the final 4 games of the regular season, starting with a 2-game road trip to the Atlantic provinces. They’ll take on the Saint John Mill Rats on April 22 followed by a rematch against Halifax two nights later.

The Express will return home to meet Niagara on April 29 and then close out the year on the road in London. The game with Niagara will likely be a playoff preview barring any changes to the standings.


Kirk Williams Jr splits the Halifax defense as head coach Bill Jones and the bench look on during the 2nd half Saturday night.
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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