Express Home Opener This Saturday

Shaquille Keith (23) makes a drive to the basket against former Express player Ryan Anderson (44), on 23 April 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

Shaquille Keith (23) makes a drive to the basket against former Express player Ryan Anderson (44), on 23 April 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express, this area’s professional basketball team, is now set for their home-opener at the WFCU Center, 7pm this Saturday. The Express opened their 40 game season last Saturday with a 116 – 98 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, at the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener.

This year, the Canadian player quota per NBLC team increased from 4 to 5 players, and we’ll be keeping you up to date in The Square with regard to their playing time and their performances. Especially relative to their team mates who mostly originate from universities and colleges in the US, as well as their  counterparts on the other 9 nine NBLC franchises, stretching eastward from Windsor to St John’s, NF.

“I am very excited to see what this squad is made of,” said head coach Bill Jones, a former NBA player, while looking over this season’s prospects on the virtually new roster. “We’re always gonna miss guys like Darren Duncan, Chris Commons, DeAndre Thomas, and former league MVP Quinnel Brown, but it’s also nice to have a bunch of new and younger athletes with fresh legs. We’re always going to be a defense-oriented team, but with a lot of speed up front and in the back court, we really gonna get out and run this year.”

Point guard Maurice Jones was a leader on and off the court for the Express during the 2016-17 season.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Point guard Maurice Jones was a leader on and off the court for the Express during the 2016-17 season.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Express players to look out for, in terms of floor leadership, point production, defense, and rebounds, as the staples of the game, include Maurice Jones. Of the few Express players returning this year, Windsor’s offensive attack will be lead by the 5′ 7″ point guard Jones, the 2016-17 rookie of the year. He is typically a play maker-scorer, in that order.

Devin White.

Devin White.

For point production, Windsor signed 6′ 8″ new comer Devin White of Southern University at New Orleans. White will join mainstays Logan Stutz and Canadian Shaquille Keith in the front court and in the paint.

Stutz, even at 6′ 9″ and 220lb, has a nice scoring touch and all around strong presence in the key at both ends as the 2015-16 NBLC MVP. Keith, a 6′ 6″ and 210lb swing man, and one of the five Canadians, was a reliable scorer off the dribble for the Express last year, and continued as such with a 25 point performance in the season opener win.

Tickets for the game are available online prior to the game or at the WFCU Arena box office at game time.

It’s notable that the Canadian Transit Company is once again providing free tickets, transportation, and snacks to kids living on Windsor’s west side. The company is commended for providing community benefits to at-risk or seriously disadvantaged youth across the city.

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Kim Elliott
Kim's first foray into sports writing was for The Lance student newspaper at the University of Windsor. While broadcasting at CJAM and with OUA.TV, he belonged to an award-winning sports media team which picked up the 2013-14 Lancer A honours. In turn, Kim began broadcasting and writing for the Windsor Express, of the National Basketball League of Canada, for WE-TV, and now at The Square. Kim has obtained a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Hons) and a degree in Education from the University of Windsor. Email Kim Elliott