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Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

Posted at 10:45pm

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Inside the Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor, a rivalry ensued and a war waged on. And the Express would come out victorious. They welcomed a tough London Lightning team to their city, but they stood tall. Windsor’s dominant efforts throughout the game lead the team to a 114-93 win Wednesday night.

Brandon Robinson went 8/13 with his three-pointers on the night. He lead the way with 34 points. Chris Commons and Shaquille Keith put up 17 points each, and Tony Bennett helped with 17 assists.

The rivals opened up by exchanging three-pointers before Windsor went on a bit of a streak. The Lightning wouldn’t let them get too far ahead. They hit back-to-back threes and closed the gap. The two teams each battled for the upper hand throughout the first quarter. Tony Bennett landed two huge threes for the Express to tie the game. After losing the lead, Jahmal McQueen and Brandon Robinson put Windsor back up late in the quarter.

The Express had a fast start to the second. The offense collected points as a unit and came together. Shaquille Keith sank a three-pointer, and Chris Commons set up Robinson for a three. London temporarily turned things around with a three-point shot of its own, and a one-handed dunk. Windsor remained unfazed as Robinson hit yet another three. Keith made a slick move while going the other way under the basket. From behind, he rolled the ball off his fingers, off the glass and in. Seconds later, he made another nice move down low. The Express began to settle in and stayed on top of the Lightning. While forcing turnovers and steals, the momentum was in their hands. With two quarters down, Windsor was up 60-44.

The Express came out in good spirits for the third quarter. They were hot when they stepped onto the court and made their presence known. Commons sank two threes early on as Windsor built a 21-point lead over the Lightning. Robinson added another three-pointer as well. Through all the offense, the defense stayed strong. An intense battle between Commons and Kevin Loiselle ensued to rile the teams up. Loiselle would even hit a three-point shot and proceeded to taunt the crowd to make some noise. The former Express player did what he did best as the tensions continued to rise. They began to boil when Loiselle and Maurice Bolden got mixed up under the London basket. As Bolden fought for position, Loiselle fell hard to the floor. The refs would disqualify Bolden for the remainder of the game as the crowd booed the call. As a result on the play, the Lightning were awarded five free throws: the initial foul was worth three, and Loiselle received two. Tyshawn Patterson hit his three, while Kevin missed his two. The crowd heavily jeered, and then cheered loudly for its team. London hit a last second basket, but Windsor still lead by 18 after three quarters.

The pace slowed down for the fourth due to Windsor’s extensive lead. And the Express weren’t done. Robinson and Commons teamed up for a pair of threes early. The offense simply continued to light it up as Windsor didn’t skip a beat. The lead remained nearly the same for the entirety of the quarter. The battles slowed down, as did the play. When the buzzer sounded, the fans and players celebrated Windsor’s 114-93 victory over the London Lightning.

The Express return to the WFCU Centre for their next game, which takes place next Thursday, February 11th at 7:30pm against the Orangeville A’s.

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