(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express have built on the momentum of their win at Clash at the Colosseum IV and have extended a winning streak to three games with victories over the weekend.
The Orangeville A’s fell victim to the Express on Saturday, 135-134, as the teams battled through an overtime period to decide the winner.
Despite shooting 60% from beyond the arc, Windsor trailed Orangeville 31-27 at the end of the 1st half. Warren Ward then led the team through the 3rd and 4th quarters to force the game into OT. Ward’s 3-pointer with under 4 seconds to play nailed the game for Windsor.
Quinnel Brown was the high shooter for the Express as he dropped 27 points in the win. Ward and Jernard Jarreau also topped 20 with 22 and 21, respectively.
Nick Evans and Clinton Springer-Williams were both out of the Saturday lineup due to serving 1-game suspensions handed down by the league.
Windsor didn’t have much time to celebrate as they then focused on a Sunday home game against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.
Fresh from their win over the Titans at the Clash, Windsor used a strong 2nd quarter to take a 44-38 lead into the 2nd half, despite an 18-6 run by Kitchener to start the game. The Titans managed to chip 1 point off the Windsor lead in the 3rd, but the Express outscored KW by 6 en route to an 85-74 win.
Point guard Darren Duncan led the way with a double-double as he put up 11 points and dished off 11 helpers.
Juan Pattillo had the hot hand for Windsor, dropping 17 points, and he was closely followed by Ward and Jarreau with 14 apiece. Brown again figured into the top-5 scorers by chipping in 11.
The 3-game winning streak is the longest for Windsor (8-11) this season. The streak has vaulted them into 3rd place in the NBL Canada Central Division ahead of the Titans and the Niagara River Lions. They remain 1 game behind Orangeville for 2nd place.
For his part in the modest streak, Pattillo has been named by the league as the Player of the Week ending February 12. The 6’ 7” forward out of Western Kentucky averaged 15.3 points on 46.5% shooting, and 9.3 rebounds during the 3-game run.
Windsor take on fan favourite Shaquille Keith and the Cape Breton Highlanders this Friday. The tipoff is scheduled for 7:00pm.