Express Outlast Orangeville In Double OT

Windsor's DeAndre Thomas (2) finds himself in traffic during a 22 March 2017 game against Orangeville. Early foul trouble limited Thomas to less than 18 minutes in Windsor's 111-110 double-OT victory.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s DeAndre Thomas (2) finds himself in traffic during a 22 March 2017 game against Orangeville. Early foul trouble limited Thomas to less than 18 minutes in Windsor’s 111-110 double-OT victory.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Riding a modest 2-game winning streak, the Express welcomed the Orangeville A’s to Windsor for the first time since February. The Express earned a 111-110 victory this time, but the A’s forced the game into double overtime before Warren Ward dropped a trey at the buzzer to elevate Windsor into the win column.

The game could have ended poorly for the Express in regulation time. However, Orangeville’s Anthony Harris managed to hit only 1-of-3 free throws after being fouled beyond the arc with 1 second to play. The single point tied the game and sent t he teams into the first of 2 OT periods.

Windsor's Juan Pattillo is all business as he steams toward the basket despite Stefan Nastic's (32) defensive posture, on 22 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Juan Pattillo is all business as he steams toward the basket despite Stefan Nastic’s (32) defensive posture, on 22 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Despite a 6-0 run by the A’s to start the 2nd OT quarter, Windsor stayed even with Orangeville to give Ward the opportunity for the late heroics. He finished with a game-high 33 points on 6-for-12 shooting from downtown.

Nick Evans contributed 16 for Windsor along with a massive 8 blocks on defense. Juan Pattillo was not too far behind, knocking down 15 while grabbing 16 boards for a double-double.

Maurice Jones and Darren Duncan also scored in the double digits with 10 points each. Duncan was credited with a DD as well after dishing 14 assists.

Maurice Jones (11) leaves three Orangeville players far below as he gets above the rim for 2 points on 22 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Maurice Jones (11) leaves three Orangeville players far below as he gets above the rim for 2 points on 22 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Express won’t be home for two weeks as OHL playoff hockey takes precedence at the WFCU Arena. Windsor will hit the road for six games before returning on April 5 when the Niagara River Lions come to town.

Orangeville's Da'Quan Cook (21) reaches for the ball as Juan Pattillo lifts off toward the basket on 22 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Orangeville’s Da’Quan Cook (21) reaches for the ball as Juan Pattillo lifts off toward the basket on 22 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Wally Ellenson completes a reverse dunk much to the amazement of the 1,300 in attendance in Windsor on 22 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Wally Ellenson completes a reverse dunk much to the amazement of the 1,300 in attendance in Windsor on 22 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Tony Bennett ends up in the middle of an Orangeville sandwich on 22 March 2017. The point guard had 4 points and 5 assists in the win over the A's.Photo by John Skinner.

Tony Bennett ends up in the middle of an Orangeville sandwich on 22 March 2017. The point guard had 4 points and 5 assists in the win over the A’s.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor's Maurice Jones (11) has the deft touch as he lays up for 2 of 10 points against Orangevile on 22 March 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor’s Maurice Jones (11) has the deft touch as he lays up for 2 of 10 points against Orangevile on 22 March 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Shaquille Keith sports the special jersey the Express wore, on 22 March 2017, honouring the Town of Tecumseh.Photo by John Skinner.

Shaquille Keith sports the special jersey the Express wore, on 22 March 2017, honouring the Town of Tecumseh.
Photo by John Skinner.

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