Tide Rolls Over Windsor

DeAndre Thomas (2) finds himself in heavy traffic at the top of the key against Saint John on 8 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

DeAndre Thomas (2) finds himself in heavy traffic at the top of the key against Saint John on 8 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express welcomed many familiar faces back to the WFCU Arena when the Saint John Riptide came to town on 8 April. The likes of former Express captain Chris Commons, and former Windsor Lancers Jahmal McQueen and Alex Campbell all enjoyed a 111-107 Tide win.

Saint John closed out the 1st quarter with a 27-13 lead and extended that to 15 points by the break. The Express found their stride in the 3rd period and played even with the Tide with each club putting up 36 points. But, entering the final 12 minutes, Windsor still needed to play catch-up.

Trailing by 20 early in the 4th, a combination of treys from Shaquille Keith and Tony Bennett cut the Saint John lead to just one basket. Turnovers by the Express allowed the Riptide to move in front by 5 despite Darren Duncan hitting from downtown and a fast break jam from Wally Ellenson.

Juan Pattillo lays up for 2 against Saint John on 8 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Juan Pattillo lays up for 2 against Saint John on 8 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

The comeback was thwarted by the Express being unable to drop some free throws from what should have been the charity stripe.

Bennett was named Windsor’s player of the game as he finished with 22 points, including 6-for-15 from outside, and 4 assists.

Riptide's Horace Wormely takes a flying lead toward Darren Duncan during NBLC action in Windsor on 8 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Riptide’s Horace Wormely takes a flying lead toward Darren Duncan during NBLC action in Windsor on 8 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

Juan Pattillo led Windsor with a team-high 24 points and 9 boards. Keith (18) and DeAndre Thomas (10) also dropped double digits while Maurice Jones had 10 helpers and 4 steals.

Windsor now heads into the final six regular season games by playing two on the road starting with Orangeville on Friday. They quickly turn around for a tipoff with London the following night. Their next home game will be with the Lightning on April 23 at 2:00pm.

The Express trail 1st place London by 10 games and have a tenuous 3-game lead over Kitchener-Waterloo.

Chris Commons, former captain of the Express, made a return to Windsor on 8 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Chris Commons, former captain of the Express, made a return to Windsor on 8 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

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