Windsor Express Clinch First Place
Sunday February 23rd, 2014
Posted at 7:38am
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Coach Bill Jones was all smiles Saturday night. And for good reason. After watching his boys suffer a rough loss the night before, he recovered, as did the Express players. Coming out hot right from the get-go, they steamrolled their way to a 106-87 win over the Brampton A’s.
The second year Windsor Express have now clinched first place in the National Basketball League of Canada.
Darren Duncan led the charge for the Express with 22 points and 13 assists. Quinnel Brown scored 21 points, while Chris Commons netted 15 points.
Windsor also shot 50% with their three-pointers, a key element in its victory.
At first, Brampton was moving the ball really well to start the game. It didn’t take the Express long to get rolling either, hitting some early three-point shots. They withheld a strong defense that forced both tough shots and turnovers. Consequently, they were able to set up big plays, such as an alley-oop from Stefan Bonneau to Quinnel Brown late in the first.
The energetic Express continued their spirited style in the second, and built a 15-point lead. Brampton had some nice moves down low, but the A’s couldn’t keep up with Windsor’s speed. The Express put constant pressure on the visiting offense that led to more steals and turnovers. Darren Duncan finished off the first half with a finger-rolling lay-up to give Windsor a 48-37 advantage.
Erik Parker re-entered the game in the third quarter on a mission. His defensive game created more opportunities for the Express to take off. With his play, Windsor put together an ample lead of 23 with one quarter to play.
Solid offense and solid defense were nearly flawless for Windsor. Brampton could not contain either as the Express bulldozed their way forward. Dominique Buckley played a great quarter with smart plays and huge three-pointers. Later, the 6’9” George Goode came up with two towering blocks. The Express kept playing their game and extended their lead to 30. Soon, the fans began calling for Windsor’s own R.J. Wells. Coach Jones gave in to the crowd as Wells helped defend the last few minutes. Despite a couple of late threes by the A’s, Windsor walked off the court with a dominating 106-87 victory.
The Express have a pair of away games before returning to the WFCU Centre Friday, February 28th at 7:05pm. They will take on the Ottawa Skyhawks in their last home game of the regular season.