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Sunday December 28th, 2014

Posted at 11:26am

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In their last game of the year, the Windsor Express were looking to carry momentum into 2015. After having an eight-game win streak snapped by the Mississauga Power a few weeks ago, the Express got their redemption. Windsor defeated Mississauga 82-78 Saturday night at the WFCU Centre.

On the night, Chris Commons scored 22 points for Windsor and grabbed 9 rebounds. DeAndre Thomas put up 17 points, and Tony Bennett added 14 points.

The Express were a little rusty coming out of the gates. Both teams started on the slow side, but the Power were a bit faster. The Express, though off their mark, stayed close and kept the game within points early on. Windsor’s accuracy remained off but it took a 20-14 lead into the second quarter.

Following the break, the Power went on a 6-2 run. The Express regrouped and were powerful down low, soon forcing a Mississauga timeout. Coming out of the breather, the visitors struck immediately with a three-pointer, and quickly began taking control with the far shots. Windsor’s second efforts were keeping the game close, but the first half finished in a 41-40 Mississauga lead.

Windsor came out hot for the second half. First, DeAndre Thomas sank a one-handed hook shot, and then Tony Bennett hit a three-pointer. Mississauga came back to regain the lead though as they powered through the Express. The highlight of the quarter came off a Windsor steal that sent Gary Gibson down the court. He landed a monster dunk to bring the crowd to life. Late in the quarter, a pair of Express foul shots tied the game. With six seconds to go, the Power’s attempt to inbound the ball was snatched away by Chris Commons, who quickly laid it in. the play gave Windsor a 63-61 lead before the end of the third.

Though the fourth was a somewhat slow-paced quarter, each team fought hard to push past the other. The Power came close to grabbing the lead but the Express continued to pull away. In the last minute, Mississauga hit a three-pointer to bring them to within two. Upon inbounding, the Express were fouled. Gibson hit his two free throws to put the game out of reach for the Power. Windsor held on to win 82-78 over Mississauga.

The Express will be back to ring in the new year on January 1st, 2015 to face the Brampton A’s at 7:05pm.

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