No music for Montreal, just the sound of a train engine: a loud engine that quieted the song. A loud engine known as the Windsor Express. The Express easily blew past the Montreal Jazz Wednesday night by a score of 105-91. The win marks Windsor’s third straight.
Once again, “The Montreal Mauler” Kevin Loiselle had a strong performance. He led the Express into full gear with 22 points and 17 rebounds. Mike Helms scored 19 points, Chris Commons had 18 points. Darren Duncan had 12 points and 11 assists, and Greg Surmacz had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Windsor Express began the game in a big way: a 6’10” kind of way. Lester Prosper had two huge slam-dunks early in the first quarter that had the Express Nation cheering.
In the second quarter, the teams were going nearly basket-for-basket. Windsor was trying to extend their lead, but Montreal was hoping to close the gap. Eventually, the Express took advantage of the Jazz’s missed shots and sank some of their own. At halftime, following a buzzer-beater layup, Windsor was leading by a score of 60-43.
Just as they had done in the first half, the Express kept control in the second. Loiselle continued to put up points until he was injured driving to the basket, with five minutes remaining in the game. After being helped up by medical staff and teammate, Loiselle limped off the court, putting little pressure on his leg. With a little time, the injury subsided, and he was able to walk off court with a victory. Loiselle and the Express beat the Jazz 105-91.
The Montreal Jazz – who defeated the Windsor Express last month – continue to struggle this season. Before Wednesday night’s game, the Jazz had only two wins. Last night, they were handed their 28th loss.
Windsor faces Montreal once more next Wednesday at 7pm, at the WFCU Centre.