(WINDSOR, ON) – In what NBL Canada commissioner David Magley described as the marquee event of the season, the Windsor Express remained undefeated in four Caesars Windsor appearances with a 93-90 victory over the expansion Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, last night. Following wins by the men’s and women’s teams from the University of Windsor, the Express made it a perfect day for basketball fans.
The day marked the first time ever that the NBLC and the OUA teamed up to provide a 3-game showcase featuring award-winning teams from both leagues. Earlier in the afternoon the 5-time national champion Windsor Lancers women’s team came from behind to defeat the Laurier Golden Hawks 68-65. Their male counterparts enjoyed their own 3-point victory over the Hawks on the strength of Mike Rocca’s buzzer beater from half court.
Buoyed by the day’s events, the Express launched into a 31-16 lead, on 72% from the floor, by the end of the 1st quarter. History has proven, however, that no one can count out the Titans, and the visitor proved that fact by almost doubling the Express 23-12 over the second 12 minutes.
Trailing by 4 points at the half, Kitchener-Waterloo took the momentum through the 3rd frame, and finishing ahead 68-67. The teams battled through the 4th quarter until, with just under 2 minutes on the clock, Juan Pattillo hit the bucket from the paint to draw the teams even at 85 apiece.
A 12-1 run was completed with a Wally Ellenson trey to put Windsor ahead and followed up by a Darren Duncan basket for two. Quinnel Brown made it a 6-point lead before the Express and Titans exchanged free throws to close out the scoring.
Brown led the way for Windsor with a game-high 19 points on the strength of 3-for-4 shooting from behind the arc. Ellenson put up 17 in support of the win while Nick Evans and Warren Ward each logged 15.
Windsor’s latest acquisition, Pattillo, scored a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Recently returning to the line-up, point guard Duncan picked up 7 points while distributing the ball for 10 assists.
The Windsor victory snapped K-W’s 2-game winning streak and improved their record to 6-11. It was Windsor’s third win in four attempts against the Titans. Despite holding the season advantage, the Express trail the Titans by 1 game in the standings as they prepare to visit Orangeville this Saturday at 7:00pm. The Express return home to face the same Titans on Sunday at 2:00pm.