(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 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.
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.