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Sunday March 13th, 2016

Posted at 5:12pm

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Gloomy and grey outside, but the fire was lit inside the WFCU Centre. On the court, the Windsor Express and the Orangeville A’s put on an incredible performance. Going back and forth all game, it came down to the final seconds of the fourth quarter. In the end, time ran out on the A’s before they could hit their three-pointer. The clock winded down and the shot didn’t count, as Windsor hung on to defeat Orangeville 102-100.

Chris Commons scored a game-high 31 points against the A’s. Tony Bennett put up 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Kirk Williams Jr. added 18 points.

The game opened up with an Orangeville basket, but a pair of Windsor three-point shots put the Express on top early. They stayed on top for a few minutes, until the A’s started sinking some baskets. Windsor’s 7-point lead was washed away, as the visitors evened the score by the end of the quarter.

In the second, Orangeville took control a couple of minutes in. While the team had a decent lead, its coach received a technical as tensions built on the court. it didn’t take long for Windsor to get back into its groove. Consecutive three-pointers at one end, and solid defense at the other, allowed for an Express takeover. They were by seven at the half, leading 48-41.

Orangeville was staying close in the third quarter. Shortly into the quarter, the A’s came within a point after a three-pointer. At this point, it became a tight game; the two teams exchanged leads nearly every offensive rush up the court. Kirk Williams Jr. closed out the quarter with a three-point shot in the final 10 seconds. The long shot kept the Express up by three with one quarter to play.

The A’s were on a mission for the final quarter. They came out hot to take back their lead. Near the midway point, Maurice Bolden hit a three-point shot that brought the Express within three. The media timeout put a pause in the action. Coming back from it, though, Windsor hit a quick basket to get within one. standing tall defensively, the Express held off the A’s as hard as they could. Chris Commons reached up and made a giant block down low. Following the incredible play, the Express rushed up the court to tie the game. Commons was fired up in the late stages of fourth as he gave Windsor a one-point lead. With two minutes remaining, and a tied game, the Express broke free when Sherron Collins landed a huge three. Orangeville kept up with Windsor and stayed just a point behind. Commons again got his team, and the fans, fired up with a fantastic fade-away. The A’s weren’t out just yet with 26 seconds left, though, as they trailed by just one. Commons’ foul shot with six seconds to go put Windsor up by two. An Orangeville timeout gave the teams time to strategize the final ticks of the clock. The A’s in-bounded twice, with one second off the clock each time. Once they got the ball into play, they set up their three-point shot. The player got the ball, but didn’t release it on time. The buzzer sounded. The ball went through. but it wouldn’t count. The Express make it out with the win against the A’s, 102-100.

Windsor is back on the hardwood at the WFCU Centre next Sunday at 2:00pm as they take on the St. John Mill Rats.

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