(WINDSOR, ON) – Prior to last night’s game against the Orangeville A’s, the Windsor Express announced the release of guard Jeff Remmington from the roster after just three games in uniform. In his stead, the Express activated former Oklahoma Sooner forward Juan Patillo. Also returning to the Windsor lineup after injury rehab was point guard Darren Duncan.
Patillo didn’t take long to record his first bucket with the Express, scoring Windsor’s first points of the game, scoring on a fast break almost three minutes into the match. The newcomer filled out the stats sheet in his first game with 12 points, 7 boards, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 4 steals.
Despite the slow start, Windsor finished the 1st quarter in the lead 18-15. The Express outscored Orangeville in the 2nd frame on the strength of a flurry of points from Nick Evans and Warren Ward. They ended up with 12 and 21 points, respectively, on the night.
Foul trouble in the 3rd, combined with a 13-3 run, allowed the A’s to chip away at the Windsor lead. The Express went on their own 15-7 streak to stem the bleeding, capped off with a Wally Ellenson half-court jumper to beat the buzzer.
With under a minute to play in the final quarter, DeAndre Thomas coolly dropped a pair of free throws to bring the Express to within 3 points of the A’s. The ball was head-manned to Warren Ward who put the brakes on for a chance at a game-tying trey. His shot rimmed out, however, leading eventually to Orangeville putting up 2 more to complete a 97-92 victory.
Thomas and Ellenson ended the game with 17 and 12 points, respectively, as the Express had five players in double digits.
Windsor is now 4-10 on the season and will be looking for win number five when they host the Moncton Miracles tomorrow at 7:00pm.