(ORANGEVILLE, ON) – The 2016-17 NBL Canada season kicked off with a bang for the Windsor Express as they dropped the opening game on the road in Orangeville 105-93, at the Athletic Institute. The loss drops Windsor to 2-3 in season opening games and is the second such loss to Orangeville in two years.
The A’s leapt out front, leading 32-19 after the first 12 minutes. They continued to extend the margin, adding 25 points in the 2nd quarter to Windsor’s 21. At halftime the Express found themselves on the short end of a 57-40 stick.
The Express attempted to rally a comeback beginning with a 24-23 3rd frame followed by a 29-25 win in the 4th quarter, but it was too little, too late. The difference in the game was Orangeville’s 25 free throw attempts, completing 17, compared to Windsor hitting 7 of 11 from the penalty stripe.
The visitors didn’t do themselves any favours by turning the ball over 22 times, resulting in 29 Orangeville points.
Justin Moss led all shooters with 35 points for the A’s as he was a perfect 11 for 11 from the line.
Nick Evans did the damage for Windsor with 24 points and 13 boards for the double-double. Newcomers Warren Ward put up 19 and Clinton Springer-Williams dropped 18.
The Express are back in action in their home opener tonight at 7:00pm. The will tip-off against the same Orangeville club as they seek some retribution.