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Sunday January 19th, 2014

Posted at 7:36am

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Early in the fourth quarter, DJ Thor dropped “Follow the Leader” by The Soca Boys. The song was an exclamation for the Windsor Express – an exclamation that they are on top. They are the leaders. Once again, the train rolled to victory. The Express defeated the second place Brampton A’s 118-106 Saturday night, inside the WFCU Centre. 

Not surprisingly, Chris Commons continued his hot streak by leading his team with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Stefan Bonneau scored 24. Darren Duncan and Quinnel Brown each had 16 points.

Right off the hop, the fans started a “Let’s Go Windsor” chant. Their support helped the team bounce back from an early deficit and take over the lead. Once they took control, the Express were able to stop the A’s. Throughout the first half, Brampton cycled the ball really well; the players were constantly moving. The speedy offense, and because the home team’s shots were off their mark, the A’s caught up. The visitors took advantage of miscues as the Express had to fight off fouls and a tough team. Before the end of the quarter, though, Windsor’s 5’10” Bonneau slammed the ball down to give his team some momentum. At half, the Express led just 49-46.

Despite only being up by three, the crowd continued to be rowdy. The fans chanted, as well as heckled the visitors. And they were rewarded. The NBL’s top two teams exchanged three-pointers before the Express took off past the A’s. Several players got up and dunked the ball. Darren Duncan set up Chris Commons for one. Dominique Buckley had an impressive third quarter, and DeAndre Thomas played hard defensively. As a result, Thomas swatted the ball out of the air and Buckley was able to set up Bonneau for a slam. They kept extending their lead. By the end of the third, Windsor was up by 19.

For the Express, in the final quarter, the time just ticked in their favour. They made some huge plays that had the noisy crowd in a fan-demonium. First, after Bonneau’s shot bounced off the rim, Erik Parker leapt and slammed it down with authority. Later, with plenty of time to make a play, Quinnel Brown set up Chris Commons for an alley-oop. Unquestionably, though, the loudest roar from the crowd came when Windsor’s own R.J. Wells entered the game. He played the final minutes, ensuring the A’s stayed back. And they did just that. Brampton fell further behind Windsor as the Express won a tough one 118-106.

The team returns to action at the WFCU Centre Friday, February 7th at 7pm to take on the London Lightning.

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