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Saturday December 22nd, 2012

Posted at 9:50am

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With Christmas right around the corner, the Windsor Express were looking to give their team and fans a huge gift by handing the London Lightning only their second loss of the season. The Lightning, however, would be Grinches to Windsor’s Christmas wishes. Following a strong second half, London continued to be a powerful force in the National Basketball League. The Lightning defeated the Express 100-87 Friday night at the WFCU Centre.

For Windsor, Mike Helms had 22 points, while Kevin Loiselle had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Leading the way for London were Elvin Mims and Tim Ellis, who netted 16 points each; many players scored double digits for the Lightning.

The Windsor Express Dance Team, as well as some of the staff, were decked out with Santa Claus hats and reindeer antlers to celebrate the holiday season with the Express Nation. At halftime, Santa came to the court for a free throw shooting spree. Unfortunately, he could only score one basket  – to the applause of the fans.

The teams went nearly basket for basket early in the first quarter. That was until Windsor took control and went on a scoring run. At one point, the Express had themselves a 31-16 lead. The Lightning narrowed the gap before the end of the quarter; Windsor led 31-23 after 12 minutes. For London, it wasn’t the end of the world.

In the second, the Lightning quickly tied things up. Eventually, they took over, leading 48-42 at the half.

Coming out for the third, Windsor hoped for a full head of steam. However, missed throws and fouls prevented the Express from gaining the upper hand. London would also capitalize on rebounds, turnovers and Windsor’s mistakes to build their enormous 23-point lead after three.

Much like the previous quarter, London was the dominant team. Despite going on a scoring run late in the quarter, the closest Windsor came was within 13 points. The Lightning stayed solid, and defeated the Express 100-87.

Windsor’s next home game is Saturday, December 29th when they face London once again for a rematch.

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