Express Leave Rainmen Out To Dry
Saturday December 21st, 2013
Posted at 9:42am
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Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. A childish phrase that stood strong for the Windsor Express. Though the visiting Halifax Rainmen poured on Windsor, the Express fought through it. Stefan Bonneau was a key player Friday night, as he scored 27 points to help his team beat Halifax 98-91.
Offensively, Chris Commons contributed 20 points while DeAndre Thomas and Quinnel Brown each scored 18 in the victory.
Defensively, Windsor stepped up its game. It was very obvious that its rebounding improved. On the night, the team captured 8 offensive rebounds and 34 defensive rebounds. Along with those, the defense had 6 blocks against the Rainmen.
Early on, miscues and missed baskets ruled the court for both teams. Once their legs got going, Stefan Bonneau and Chris Commons began to dominate for the Express. After the first 12 minutes, Commons scored 10 points while Bonneau had 7.
Halifax stormed the Express to start the second quarter. The onslaught included an alley-oop slam from George Goode. The Rainmen scored 14 straight points before Windsor could get close. The takeover gave the visitors a 40-36 lead at halftime.
Windsor slowly began to claw back; first to tie the game, then to take the lead. DeAndre Thomas came up with huge plays in the second half. He sank a three-pointer that brought the crowd to its feet. He also hit a great hook shot, picked up rebounds (8 in total) and had a timely steal.
One by one, in the fourth quarter, the Express piled up points, many due to the Halifax fouls. Quinnel Brown grasped plenty of rebounds and allowed Windsor to build its lead, and keep it. The Express beat the struggling Rainmen 98-91.
The Express are back on the court tonight, Saturday December 21st to face the Mississauga Power at the WFCU Centre. Game time is 7:05pm.