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The Windsor Express continue to impress. After clinching the third playoff spot Friday night, after defeating the St. John Mill Rats, they faced the Oshawa Power Saturday night at the WFCU Centre in their final regular season game. The Express maintained their success and momentum with a 98-88 victory over the Power.
The win is Windsor’s seventh straight; the team has not lost during the month March. As a result, Express coach Bill Jones earned Coach of the Month.
For Windsor, Mike Helms led with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Stefan Bonneau scored 15 points while Kevin Loiselle had himself 12 points and 12 rebounds. Daniel Rose had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Anthony Johnson had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
The Express were a little slow coming out of the station, but it didn’t take them long to pick up speed. The team made some key baskets to go ahead in the game. To close out the opening quarter, in a play that’s become tradition for the Express, Darren Duncan threw the ball high into the air and set up Stefan Bonneau for an alley-oop
Kevin Loiselle had a dunk of his own in the second when he took off following a steal. Windsor’s offense was strong in the quarter, thanks in part to Mike Helms. As powerful as it was, Oshawa hung in there and countered. Late in the first half, Bonneau sank a 3-pointer with a few seconds to go. The Power quickly inbounded the ball and scored one of their own from half court as time expired. Windsor’s 18-point lead at one juncture was reduced to an 8-point lead at halftime; the Express were up 49-41.
Oshawa’s offense pressed forward for the Power in the third quarter as they got within one point. However, two consecutive threes by Anthony Johnson extended Windsor’s lead once again.
Windsor kept up the hard work going into the fourth quarter. As a result, the Express knocked down some big dunks that excited the fans. Bonneau had another incredible alley-oop, courtesy of Johnson. Daniel Rose landed a couple of one-handed dunks. He slammed them with a smile on his face, and for good reason. The Windsor Express went on to win 98-88 over the Oshawa Power.
With the regular season over, the Windsor Express are headed to the playoffs. They face the Summerside Storm in the first round in a best-of-five series. Windsor will play at home Thursday, March 28th for game 3, and Saturday, March 30th for game 4.