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Saturday February 22nd, 2014

Posted at 9:25am

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A weary Windsor Express team, already without DeAndre Thomas, had to fight hard to contain the Millrats. However, Saint John proved that it can contend with the league’s top teams. The Millrats defeated the Express 101-95 Friday night, at the WFCU Centre. 

Stefan Bonneau led the Express in points with 26. George Goode had his best game yet with 15 points and a whopping 16 rebounds. Quinnel Brown scored 19 points while Chris Commons and Darren Duncan each had 16 points.

In the opening quarter, the two teams battled back and forth for control of the game. They each hit some three-pointers to rack up some points. Windsor had minor miscues and missed chances, and the missed opportunities allowed Saint John to grab the upper hand after one.

The lead was only temporary as the Express stormed back. The big man George Goode slammed thunderous jams throughout the quarter. Stefan Bonneau also hit a reverse alley-oop, with the pass coming from Darren Duncan. With Windsor pressure, Saint John got frustrated. As a result, Anthony Anderson was ejected from the game. At the half, the Express were back on track, leading 54-51.

The same power shown in the second quarter carried over to the third for Windsor. Goode had back-to-back dunks, and Brown followed suit as well. Unfortunately, though, the momentum began shifting. The Millrats were rallying and causing a stir. More frustrations boiled, this time for Windsor, as Kevin Loiselle and Quinnel Brown were each given a technical foul. Soon after, Saint John took the lead and headed to the final quarter with the advantage.

Windsor was fired up for the fourth. The team came out and started the quarter with a 15-6 run. The Express extended their lead, but Saint John refused to quit. The visitors kept it close. Late in the quarter, they hit a pair of consecutive three-pointers to come within 2. Eventually, they took the lead and went up by 3. Saint John held on as the Millrats ended the game up by 6 as the Express came close in a 101-95 loss.

Windsor will rest up before returning to the court inside the WFCU Centre and facing the second place Brampton A’s Saturday, February 22nd at 7:05pm.

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