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Thursday November 27th, 2014

Posted at 6:32am

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Mark another point in the win column. For moments, the victory looked bleak for Windsor as the Moncton Miracles put up strong offense. The Express were stronger though. DeAndre Thomas, Quinnel Brown and Chris Commons combined for 71 points as Windsor defeated Moncton 106-95 Wednesday night, at the WFCU Centre.

As previously mentioned, the Express’ star trio scored a solid chunk for Windsor. Thomas knocked down 26 points, Brown scored 23 points, and Commons had 22 points.

The Express went to right to work from the tip-off. Windsor was running wild as the team was hitting three-point shots early on in the opening quarter, including a pair from Ryan Anderson. Moncton kept the score close though, staying just a couple baskets and points behind. Windsor led 28-23 after one.

A couple minutes into the second quarter, the Moncton Miracles took the lead thanks to some foul shots. And they weren’t ready to give it up without a fight. They stayed on top of the Express and continued to hit big baskets. Notably, the Miracles scored six out of nine three-pointers in the quarter to give them a decent advantage over the defending champions. At halftime, Windsor was down 61-51 to Moncton.

Moncton started the second half with the ball, but it was Windsor that quickly got on the offensive. The Express went on a 14-2 run early in the third to regain the lead that they had lost. In the late stages of the quarter, Windsor was having a hard time down low, which allowed the Miracles to grab control once again. The visitors ended the third quarter up 77-71.

The Express gathered themselves in the break and focused on the fourth quarter. With strong defense, Moncton had a few miscues that gave Windsor the opening it needed. Quick plays from DeAndre Thomas and Gary Gibson were able to put Windsor in the lead. After that, the Express steamrolled a comeback that kept them ahead for the remainder of the game. They outscored the Miracles 35-18 in the final quarter, and won 106-95.

The Windsor Express will return to the WFCU Centre December 5th to battle the London Lightning at 7:05pm.

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