Robinson Leads Express Over River Lions


A futile reach by Logan Stutz (R) as Windsor’s Brandon Robinson splits the Niagara defense with Travis Releford. Robinson led all shooters with 27 points in the Express 95-80 victory.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – In a relatively defensive affair, the Windsor Express last night wrestled away Game 1 of the opening round in the NBL Canada playoffs with a convincing 95-80 victory over the Niagara River Lions. The Express will try to extend their grasp on the best-of-five semi-finals at home tomorrow night.

Leading the way for Windsor was forward Brandon Robinson who knocked down a game-high 27 points as the team played catch-up after the first period. Robinson also swiped the glass for 10 rebounds for the game’s only double-double.


Windsor point guard Sherron Collins looks for an outlet as he’s swarmed by Niagara’s defense.
Photo by John Skinner.

The always dangerous Kirk Williams Jr added 15 points while Shaquille Keith put up 13, coming off the bench for Windsor. Also scoring in the double digits were Billy Rush and Chris Commons who contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rush made 4 steals to stymie the Niagara offense.

Point guard Tony Bennett was the driving force on offense for the Express. The 6’ 1” native of Chicago dished off 10 helpers to direct the Windsor attack.


Sam Muldrow (32) attempts to corral the cagey Tony Bennett during 2nd half action at the WFCU Arena on 2 May 2016. Bennett would record 10 assists to help lead the Express to a 95-80 win over the River Lions.
Photo by John Skinner.

After falling behind by a single point after 12 minutes, Windsor rebounded to lead at the half 42-29. The home side increased their lead in the 3rd quarter to 17 points, but fell back to lead by just 9 heading into the 4th quarter.

Windsor regained their composure in the final frame, out-scoring the Lions 29-23 to solidify the victory.

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Held fast at the top of the key, Niagara’s Da’Quan Cook (43) looks to be upset with the immovable wall that is Kirk Williams Jr.
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