Nail-Biter Nets Express 4th Win

Former Windsor Lancers point guard Rico DiLoreto (10) runs into a tough defense handed out by Windsor's Nick Evans. DiLoreto and Orangeville were treated to a 94-85 loss in Windsor on 25 January 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Former Windsor Lancers point guard Rico DiLoreto (10) runs into a tough defense handed out by Windsor’s Nick Evans. DiLoreto and Orangeville were treated to a 94-85 loss in Windsor on 25 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express were back in action Wednesday night at the WFCU Arena as they hosted the Orangeville A’s in an NBL Canada Central Division match-up. Windsor, who was in the midst of a tough 4-game losing streak, was desperately looking for a win before they head out on an east coast road trip this weekend.

Wally Ellenson got the home crowd into the game early with some big time shooting. The Express rode a nice offensive quarter into a 27-11 first quarter lead.

Former Golden Eagle Wally Ellenson (30) defends against Orangeville's Rick Bodiford. Ellenson finished with 18 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists.Photo by John Skinner.

Former Golden Eagle Wally Ellenson (30) defends against Orangeville’s Rick Bodiford. Ellenson finished with 18 points, 5 boards, and 4 assists.
Photo by John Skinner.

The 2nd quarter saw things flip for the Express with Orangeville tightening up their defence. Windsor couldn’t keep their hot shooting going from the previous quarter and allowed the A’s to bring the score back to a 38-37 Express lead at the half.

The 3rd saw another slow start for Windsor, and they were not getting any friendly calls from the officials, either. But, the defence held up and the Express never let Orangeville carry more than a 2-point lead.

This game didn’t fail to come close again as Orangeville fought to the very end.

DeAndre Thomas (2) waits as New Orleans native Jernard Jarreau (22) sets up the offense agsinst Orangeville on 25 January 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

DeAndre Thomas (2) waits as New Orleans native Jernard Jarreau (22) sets up the offense agsinst Orangeville on 25 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

A solid 2nd half performance from DeAndre Thomas helped keep the Express in front and hold on to the 94-85 win. Thomas was Windsor’s high scorer with 19 points. He also added 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Ellenson and Maurice Jones both contributed 18 points apiece while Quinnel Brown finished with a double-double 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Express now travel to the east coast for a two-game road trip this weekend, stopping in Halifax and Cape Breton. The team will return to Windsor for a rematch with Orangeville on February 1 at 7:00pm.

Warren Ward (10) carries the ball into the arc while Anthony Harris has other ideas, on 25 January 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Warren Ward (10) carries the ball into the arc while Anthony Harris has other ideas, on 25 January 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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