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Saturday December 6th, 2014

Posted at 10:29am

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What started as a record-setting offense sharply turned into a tense game. It was closer than the Express would’ve liked, but in the end, though the Lightning came close, the Express pulled away. Windsor went on to defeat London 131-120 at the WFCU Centre.

Tony Bennett scored an incredible 34 points while DeAndre Thomas put up 22 points.

For the Lightning, John Hart netted 36 points.

The Express were in control right from the start Friday night. Chris Commons and Tony Bennett each hit a 3 to open up the offensive flood gates. Though the lightning came within striking reach, the express remained on top and rolled forward. Windsor’s firepower was constant, allowing Jahmal McQueen, Josh Collins and Casey Love to get some court time. The trio assisted in more-than-doubling the Lightning at the end of the first, leading 46-22.

In the second, Quinnel Drown displayed his strong defensive game, snatching a bunch of rebounds. A little later, though, the veteran landed awkwardly on his foot and walked off to the locker room. In his place, Bennett continued to put up great numbers. He and his team managed to go up by 29 points at one time in the quarter. The half would end with Windsor leading over London 76-48.

The Express stepped onto the court for the second half, along with Brown, and continued their scoring surge. Back-to-back 3s from Commons started the spree as the Express were unrelenting. Windsor worked its way to a 36-point lead. Bennett highlighted the quarter with a quick steal, and followed it up with a dunk. London then stepped up in a huge manner. The second half of the quarter favoured the visitors heavily as the Lightning began picking apart Windsor’s defense. The rivals flurried for swift takeaways and baskets to close the gap. Adrian Moss hit three three-pointers in the late stages. The Lightning were hanging on and cut the lead to 14 after three quarters.

Slowly, the train was breaking down due to the bursts of Lightning offense. London stayed with the Express and were just baskets away. However, Windsor maintained its lead, thanks in part to Bennett’s hot shooting. The Lightning countered with more big baskets and eventually brought the lead down to just 10 points. The game got heated late in the game as a couple of Express players took hard bumps while defending their territory. Tensions ran until the final buzzer as there was no love lost between the two powerhouse teams. The Windsor Express fought off the London Lightning 131-120.

The Express are back at home December 27th when they host the Mississauga Power.

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