Though the two sides battled to a 26-all tie after the 1st quarter, London edged in front early in the 2nd as they took a 5-point lead. However, the Express bolted the door and drew even, then moved in front to finish the half with a 47-39 lead.
The visiting Lightning could only cut the margin by 1 by the end of the 3rd frame as they put up a quarter century, but just a single point more than Windsor. However, despite Windsor building a 12-point lead in the quarter, the Lightning managed to outlast the Express to set up the final 12 minutes. The home team then left no question as to the final result as they out-scored London going home, 22-18.
London’s Royce White led all shooters with 19 points. Warren Ward responded with 17 for the Express, adding a steal and 4 boards into the mix.
Brandan Kearney and Jernard Jerreau contributed 11 and 10 points respectively as 18 Express players saw time on the hardwood. While returning players Nick Evans and Lester Prosper logged more than 10 minutes each, former captain Darren Duncan did not dress for the game.
Fan favourite DeAndre Thomas has been rehabilitating a knee injury at Next Level Fitness in Windsor. He saw limited playing time to test his progress.
Former Windsor Lancer Alex Campbell made his debut for the Express with over 11 minutes on the floor and making 5 assists, though going o-fer on 2 long range attempts.
Windsor head coach Bill Jones now has a better understanding where to direct training during the remaining time in camp. There is much room for improvement from the Windsor players as the team shot a middling 41% and committed 27 turnovers.
The Express open the 2016-17 season in Orangeville on December 29 followed up with the home opener the next night against the same club. Tip-off is at 7:00pm.
There are still various tickets and packages available through the Express ticket office.