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Express Record Streak Comes To An End

Sunday February 16th, 2014, 10:38pm


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Windsor played through pain and exhaustion Sunday afternoon. Three games in two and a half days proved to be too much for the hot squad. The Express tried to put the strong Brampton A’s to rest, but the visitors were ready. They gave Windsor a run up until the final buzzer. In a monumental showdown, the Express fell to the A’s 101-96. 

With the loss, Windsor ends a league record-setting streak of 12 straight wins, as well as 12 straight home wins. The game is only the team’s second home loss, now moving to 15-2.

Saturday night, the Express battled the A’s in Brampton. At one point, Windsor was down by 21. However, the boys fought back. The game went to double overtime, in which Windsor came back to win.

Sunday afternoon, Quinnel Brown led the Express in scoring with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Stefan Bonneau had 21 points, Chris Commons netted 17 points and Kevin Loiselle scored 16 points.

The league’s top two teams began the game with a few three-point shots, an indication of big things to come. The Express came out on top, though, moving the ball quickly from player to player. The cycling allowed Stefan Bonneau to hit back-to-back threes. Kevin Loiselle slammed a few dunks to preserve Windsor’s lead over the A’s. They had a great 31-15 advantage after the first quarter.

Brampton turned it up a notch in the second and kept it close. The A’s responded to Windsor’s high-scoring quarter with one of their own, starting with a 12-2 run. At halftime, the Express led 46-43.

Windsor fired back early in the third. The Express started the second half with an alley-oop from Bonneau to Brown. However, the A’s weren’t far behind. They were hitting their three-point shots consistently and didn’t allow Windsor to increase its lead.

With one quarter to go, time was crucial – as were the baskets. And the A’s scored plenty. They took over the lead early in the final quarter. After that, it was all back and forth basketball. Windsor scored a tying three-pointer, but Brampton fought and clawed for another lead. Less than a minute remained when the Express tied once more.

Then, time became the handle and a three-point shot became the blade of the dagger that would slash at the Express. Last second foul shots assured a win for the A’s as Windsor fell to Brampton 101-96.

Windsor has a busy schedule ahead, playing an away game before returning to the WFCU Centre Friday, February 21st to take on the Saint John Mill Rats. The Express are also in action the following night for a rematch against Brampton.


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