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Sunday January 24th, 2016

Posted at 9:45am

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Hoping to recover from their loss Fridayt night, the Windsor Express did so in traditional fashion. Though the Niagara River Lions gave them a run for their money late in the game, the defending NBL Canada Champions held them off, and handed the visitors a 108-103 loss Saturday night in Windsor.

Both teams came off a hard-fought loss last night, and were slow to get out of the gates. With time, they each picked up the pace – matching the other seemingly basket for basket. Maurice Bolden highlighted the quarter with a giant dunk over the Niagara defense. Windsor was able to grab a one-point lead before the end of the quarter.

It was much of the same story in the second as the teams began to pick up the pace. The Express pulled away as time went on, building a decent lead against the River Lions. Niagara hit a basket before the buzzer. Windsor had a 53-43 advantage at the half.

Now with the upper hand, the Express began to take charge. They wouldn’t give up many points, except the occasional three-pointer. The baskets kept Niagara close, but Windsor’s offense pressed on. Nearing the end of the third, Brandon Robinson hit back-to-back three-point shots.

The River Lions stepped up their game in the fourth, scoring a flurry of points. Windsor’s lead was reduced to just one-point fairly early into the final frame. The game stayed close as the River Lions tried to claw closer and closer to Windsor’s lead. Within a couple of points, Adrian Moss hit a timely three-pointer that extended his team’s advantage just enough. Less than a minute remained when the Express built a nine-point lead. Time ticked down, and Niagara hit a three-point shot, and followed it up with a dunk with nine seconds to go. The visitors’ rally was cut short, though. Windsor killed off the final seconds and defeated Niagara 108-103.

The Express’ next game at the WFCU Centre is Friday, January 29th at 7:30pm when they host the Island Storm.

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