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Saturday March 1st, 2014

Posted at 8:18am

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The Windsor Express put a monstrous exclamation point on a tremendous season. They hosted the Ottawa Skyhawks, their potential first round opponent in the upcoming playoffs. Friday night, the Express dominated the court much like they’ve done most of the season. Windsor defeated Ottawa 102-80 inside the WFCU Centre.

Stefan Bonneau netted 28 points. Chris Commons had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Kevin Loiselle scored 9 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Windsor was a bit off its mark in the opening minutes as the Skyhawks were flying past the Express. Eventually setting the train in motion were Stefan Bonneau and Quinnel Brown, who each scored 12 in the first half. They played big roles in Windsor’s 16-4 run in the late stages of the first quarter.

Their pace carried over into the second as Brown dunked the ball early. Later, Bonneau, seemingly out of thin air, finished an alley-oop toss. In much of the same fashion, Kevin Loiselle was set up by Darren Duncan for his own dunk. Loiselle had himself a great game, both offensively and defensively. His blocks, rebounds and ball movement paid dividends for the Express as the game went on. With two quarters down, Windsor led the Skyhawks 46-32.

The Express came out of the station on fire in the second half; they built and continuously maintained a 25-point lead. R.J. Wells then entered the game and also made some nice moves, including a big three-pointer.

In the final quarter, more big plays were landed by the Express. First, it was Bonneau attempting a three-pointer. The ball rebounded off the rim before Erik Parker slammed it down with authority. The already riled up crowd roared loudly. The Express were unrelenting.

What came in the dying seconds was a thunderous message after an incredible season; fans were left in amazement and awe.

The play started with a steal; Loiselle was sent down the court by himself. Instead of finishing the play alone, he lobbed the ball off the backboard for a windmill slam from Bonneau. Each and every fan in attendance rose to their feet with deafening cheers. Windsor finished its last regular season game with a 102-80 victory.

Following the final buzzer, the Express players took to the stands to celebrate with the fans, thanking them for their loyalty and support.

Windsor begins its first round of the playoffs this Tuesday, March 4th at 7:05pm at the WFCU Centre. The Express will face either the Ottawa Skyhawks or the Mississauga Power. The two will play a game this Sunday to see which team moves on.

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