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Saturday November 8th, 2014

Posted at 9:23am

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New faces, new season – same mission. The Windsor Express stepped onto the court Friday night in Windsor ready to kick off their 2014-2015 season, and defend their title. Under the bright lights and flashing cameras of the WFCU Centre, they outplayed the Brampton A’s, earning their first win of the season at home. The Express rolled to a 103-97 win.

Quinnel Brown got the points rolling for Windsor, scoring 19 and grabbing 7 rebounds. Chris Commons and Tony Bennett each scored 17.

Prior to the game, banners were raised to the rafters to celebrate Windsor’s championship of the 2013-2014 NBL Canada season. During the ceremony, the trophy was passed amongst the returning players and coaching staff, and was shortly followed by the distribution of the championship rings. The fans cheered and congratulated their team.

The game was anyone’s to take early on. Almost going basket for basket, the two star-studded teams battled back and forth for the lead. Windsor eventually pulled ahead with a few 3-pointers, but Brampton wasn’t far behind. The A’s matched the Express and stayed with them until the end of the first. Windsor led 31-27 after the opening quarter.

A slower second quarter didn’t stop the Express from regaining the lead. Their solid defense stopped plenty of Brampton’s drives to the net. In turn, it opened up chances at the other end, such as an alley-oop from Tony Bennett to Kevin Loiselle. The crowd roared as the Express showed off some of its magic. At the half, Windsor was up 51-43 over Brampton.

The A’s most certainly got fired up during halftime, because they came out on a mission of their own. They forced a few steals within the first few minutes of the quarter, and caught up quick. The Express hung on and fought hard to maintain their lead. Once Windsor recollected itself, the team was able to build a more stable lead. The Express were ahead 76-64 with one quarter to play.

Slowly, Windsor’s lead was being cut down. The Express were a little off cue in the fourth, and missed key passes, allowing Brampton to take advantage. The visitors weren’t out of the game just yet, and the Express knew it. The A’s came close, but Windsor stayed solid and strong down low. There were some heated moments late in the game, but time ticked away. The Express held on and walked away with a 103-97 win over the Brampton A’s.

Windsor is back on home court next Thursday, November 13th against the Island Storm, a rematch from last year’s NBL Canada Finals.

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