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Thursday March 3rd, 2016

Posted at 10:18pm

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All season, the Windsor Express have had London’s number. Out of London’s seven losses on the year, five of them have now come at the hands of the Express. The players just seem to come alive against the Lightning. Thursday night, Windsor fought off a tough London team with a 119-112 comeback win.

Former Express player Ryan Anderson started things with a three-pointer, kicking off a rough patch for Windsor. Brandon Robinson’s pair of threes kept the Express somewhat close, but London maintained their offense. The teams went back and forth with baskets, with the Lightning staying on top. late in the quarter, 5’10” Windsor point guard made an incredible leaping block on London’s Nick Evans, who stands at 6’11”. The Lightning weren’t phased, though, as they extended their lead to 14 points by the end of the first quarter.

In a turn of events, Windsor had a hot start to the second. After catching up, the Lightning came up with three straight three-pointers. The short flurry was halted, however, and the Express cut the lead down to 7. Again, similar to the opening quarter, London picked it up near the end. The Lightning had a 55-44 lead at halftime.

The third quarter opened up with an onslaught of Windsor offense. First, it was Chris Commons hitting a three. Robinson followed suit and landed a three-pointer of his own. Kirk Williams Jr. sank back-to-back baskets to continue Windsor’s flurry. The momentum kept building, and Robinson would hit another three. Shortly after, with continuous pressure, Williams Jr. tied it up, and Tony Bennett laid it in to take the lead. The lead exchange forced London into a timeout as the Express were taking over. on the ensuing play, Windsor stole the ball and capitalized. Later on, the two teams fought hard for the lead. After a 42-point third quarter, the Express were up by 4.

Windsor kept the pressure on the Lightning in the final frame. The team forced turnovers and steals, and controlled the visitors. The game was getting a little more physical at this junction as the teams battled hard. On a Windsor drive, a Lightning player fell hard to the ground before the Express finished off the play with points. The London coach didn’t like the the non-call and had to be somewhat restrained. The tensions were high. With a few minutes remaining, things got heated once more when Evans tossed aside Williams Jr. Rookie Shaquille Keith didn’t stand for the foul. He stood tall against Evans, but ended up taking a technical foul. With less than a minute to go, Windsor had itself a 4-point lead.

Express steals ensured that they would stay on top. Williams Jr. slammed down a dunk with 28 seconds left. Windsor held the visitors back from there on. When the buzzer sounded, the Express were the winners, once again defeating the London Lightning 119-112.

Windsor is back on the hardwood tomorrow night as they take on the Niagara River Lions at 7:30pm.

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