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Saturday January 4th, 2014, 9:59am


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Numbers don’t lie for Windsor. Despite only dressing 9 players Friday night, the Express fought hard to stay in the game. Eventually, they rolled past the resilient Mississauga Power. Check the scoreboard: Windsor won 101-91.

The Express got another big game from Quinnel Brown as he led in scoring with 24 points, and had 14 rebounds. Chris Commons scored 18 and grabbed 15 rebounds. Stefan Bonneau had 19 points and Darren Duncan had 16 assists.

Both teams were vocal with encouragement for their respective squads in the early get-go. Soon after, Mississauga started overpowering the Express. However, just as he had done in recent games, Quinnel Brown stepped up. He put up great numbers in the first quarter to keep his team ahead.

In the following quarter though, the Express had a minor breakdown. Along with its several steals, Mississauga seemed to hit every foul shot and sink big baskets. The Power took control by the end of the half, but leading only by one, 47-46, as Windsor caught up.

When the Express came out for the third quarter, they were focused and ready. It was obvious on the court as they scored a few three-pointers. With that kind of offense, and durable defense, (Erik Parker made a strong, one-handed block that halted a Power player in the air), Windsor was able to slowly pull away from Mississauga.

Back-to-back three-point shots – one from newcomer Dominique Buckley, the other from Chris Commons – had them moving further ahead. Mississauga fouls extended Windsor’s lead in the late stages of the game. The Express came back to beat the Power 101-91.

The two teams face each other for a rematch Sunday afternoon at the WFCU Centre. Game time is 2:00pm.

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