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Thursday February 11th, 2016

Posted at 10:02pm

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After splitting last weekend, both games by one point, the Windsor Express played with heat. Thursday night, they came out strong against the Orangeville A’s and powered their way to victory. Though close in the end, Windsor went on to win 99-95 inside the WFCU Centre.

Chris Commons, like he does so often, played hard and lead the Express with 32 points. Brandon Robinson added 14 points, and Maurice Bolden grabbed 13 rebounds.

Windsor was off to speedy 8-0 start. The offense was lighting it up with big-time plays. Kirk Williams Jr. finished off a rebound with a dunk, and followed that with by an alley-oop dunk. At this point, Windsor had a 12-2 lead over Orangeville. The visitors picked it up, though. The A’s were finally getting some offense and catching up to the Express. Despite a late rush, Windsor was up by 11 after the first quarter.

Orangeville had the early edge in the second, as the A’s clawed to within five. thanks to a flurry of points throughout the quarter, the visitors took the lead with a minute to go. In the last minute, a  dispute on the court between players left the teams short-handed. Kirk Williams Jr. and Flenard Whitfield were both ejected as a result of the altercation. Whitfield did not take the call lightly as he stormed off, restrained by teammates. Windsor regained its lead shortly after the minor scrum, going up by one. In the final seconds, with a timely one-handed block to keep the lead in tact. With two quarters down, the Express lead 49-48.

Chris Commons began the third quarter by hitting three three-pointers. From then on, both teams battled for baskets. Windsor gave itself a decent lead, thanks to commons’ threes, and they kept going. The A’s stayed as close as they could with key baskets. For a little, the pace slowed down a bit, but Windsor stayed on top. The Express lead by 12 with a quarter to go.

It was a similar story in the final 12 minutes. The teams were fighting for points – Windsor wanted to extend the lead, while Orangeville inched to narrow the lead. A few minutes into the quarter, Maurice Bolden went up for an alley-oop and hung from the rim. Freddy Appiah wasn’t happy with the taunt, and shoved the Express player away. No foul was called on either team. The A’s kept the Express advantage around the 12-point mark throughout the quarter. As the clock ticked down, Orangeville began to make its presence known, cutting Windsor’s lead to just six points with less than two minutes to play. A big three-pointer from Alex Johnson helped the Express add to their lead. Still, the A’s stayed put and gained some ground on Windsor. They sank a big three-point shot that brought them within five. However, the Express defense would hold them there. Orangeville’s late surge wasn’t enough to get them past the Express. Windsor fought off the A’s 99-95.

The Express are back in action at the WFCU Centre Saturday, February 20th against the London Lightning at 7:30pm.

 

 

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