Lightning Squeeze Past Express

Brandan Kearney drives the corner against Joel Friesen in Windsor on 18 January 2017.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Brandan Kearney drives the corner against Joel Friesen in Windsor on 18 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Shalapata-Header(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express fell just shy of a comeback last night as the visiting London Lightning squeaked out a 91-87 win in NBL Canada action. The loss leaves the Express at 3-6 as the fall to 4th place in the Central Division.

Despite dominating the 2nd and 3rd quarters and playing with the Lightning in the final frame, the Express trailed from start to finish as London made good on a tentative Windsor start to the game. The home side was glad to hear the first buzzer after falling behind 30-26.

Windsor's Quinnel Brown lays up his patented move to the basket during a game against London on 18 January 2017.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Quinnel Brown lays up his patented move to the basket during a game against London on 18 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor was able to make up some ground during the second 12 minutes, heading to the dressing room for the beak behind 49-41. The Express got to within 3 points by the end of the 3rd quarter, but London put the brakes on their slide and held Windsor to just a single point margin going home.

Windsor had five players score in the double digits. Playing in just his second game back after rehabbing an injury for over a year, DeAndre Thomas netted a team-high 17 points as he continues to see limited floor time.

DeAndre Thomas (2) provides a screen to give Maurice Jones more room to move during a game against London on 18 January 2017.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

DeAndre Thomas (2) provides a screen to give Maurice Jones more room to move during a game against London on 18 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Maurice Jones, Warren Ward, and Quinnel Brown were not far behind Thomas with 16, 14, and 14 points respectively. Jones and Brown added 7 assists each to their stats.

Brandan Kearney rounded out the scoring with 12.

Defensively, Nick Evans dominated the boards as he pulled down 11 rebounds and made 3 blocks.

Still early in the season, the Express have time to turn their fortunes around. But, the team can’t afford to fall further behind in the standings. They have a chance to make up some ground when they host the KW Titans this Friday at 7:00pm.

London's Royce White (30) attempts to block the forward progress of Lester Prosper during a game in Windsor on 18 January 2017.<br>Photo by John Skinner.

London’s Royce White (30) attempts to block the forward progress of Lester Prosper during a game in Windsor on 18 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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