Post-Season Showdown In Windsor


Brampton native Theo Davis waits for a dish as Shaquille Keith grabs air over top of London’s Warren Ward.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express complete the regular portion of the NBL Canada regular season by splitting a pair of games over the past weekend. The two time NBLC champions defeated the Niagara River Lions Friday night at home, 112-96 and followed that with a road loss in London, falling to the Lightning by a score of 113-107.

Friday’s tilt was a preview of the NBLC playoffs round 1 match up between Windsor and Niagara starting tonight at the WFCU Arena. Game 2 will take place on Wednesday before the series switches to St Catharines.

Both Chris Commons and Maurice Bolden completed a double double Friday evening. Commons knocked down 17 points and 12 boards while Bolden hit for a team-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. The pair were joined by Kirk Williams Jr and Shaquille Keith who each had 17 points in the win.


Maurice Bolden drives the lane past former Express player Ryan Anderson.
Photo by John Skinner.

On Saturday, the Express travelled to London for the latest edition of the Highway 401 Rivalry.

Keith had another strong game for Windsor, despite the loss. He connected for 16 points and 9 rebounds, just missing out on the double double.

Williams bettered his Friday performance by dropping 20 points, but it was Brandon Robinson who recorded a game-high 27.

Tonight’s playoff game gets underway at 7:30pm. Windsor held a 7-4 advantage in the season series against the River Lions, and finished 5 games ahead of Niagara in the NBLC Central Division.


Kirk Williams Jr (32) draws Stephen Maxwell away from a drive by Torontonian Alex Johnson.
Photo by John Skinner.


Sherron Collins glances toward the camera as Warren Ward attempts a hand check.
Photo by John Skinner.


Inside the arc, Kirk Williams Jr (32) attempts a jumper over the London defense.
Photo by John Skinner.


Shaquille Keith drives the lane despite the defense by Marcus Capers (34).
Photo by John Skinner.


Brandon Robinson is all business against the London Lightning.
Photo by John Skinner.


About the Author

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