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Saturday February 15th, 2014

Posted at 8:48am

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A close call for the Express, but they kept turning their wheels. Windsor held off a late Power surge to ensure a victory. The train pushed and pushed forward on the tracks, and led them past the Mississauga Power 119-114. Windsor has now tied a league record of 11 consecutive wins.

Stefan Bonneau scored 24 points, while Darren Duncan had 21 points and 10 assists. Quinnel Brown netted 20 points, and Kevin Loiselle had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

A team effort throughout the first (and the game) kept Windsor on top. A few of the Express guards had some nice moves down low and, for the most part, they had a defensive wall up against Mississauga.

There was a minor momentum shift as the Power picked up the pace in the second. Windsor met them in stride, though. Papa Oppong hit a three and at the other end, Loiselle came up with a big block. Next, it was Dominique Buckley sinking a pair of three-pointers. Before the Express could get on a major roll, it suffered a slight derailment. They took a hit on a defensive play when DeAndre Thomas injured his ankle. He limped off and his ankle was soon wrapped with ice. Mississauga then began to close the gap, even hitting a last second basket to end the first half. Windsor was only up 57-54.

Good news came to the Windsor Express when Thomas returned to courtside for the second half. Though he did not play, his ankle was no longer wrapped in ice. He simply walked back and forth on the side and cheered for his team.

Kevin Loiselle shined in the third quarter as he seemed to do a little bit of everything: blocks, rebounds, along with a pair of one- and two-handed jams. Commons had a big play himself when he forced a shot, just to block it and set up Bonneau for an alley-oop. Later, in typical Bonneau fashion, he struck again in the last seconds of the quarter with a three-pointer. Windsor had a sizeable 19-point lead heading into the fourth.

The Power crept closer and closer though. They came within striking range. Each team subsequently exchanged key baskets. While Windsor’s offense tried to extend their lead, David Seagers crashed hard into Chris Commons on a pick, and fell to the ground with a thud. Only seconds remained as Mississauga narrowed the lead. The score was nearly even when it came down to foul shots. Windsor got the upper hand though, and finished off the Power 119-114.

The Express are back in action this Sunday, February 16th to take on the Brampton A’s at 2:05pm, at the WFCU Centre.

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