Express Win 101-90, Remain Undefeated At Home
Sunday February 1st, 2015
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With minutes to go, the game was still anybody’s for the taking. The Mississauga Power were staying just baskets out of reach from the Express. That was until Ryan Anderson hit a thunderous three-pointer to turn the tides for Windsor. The momentum was theirs as the Express keep their home record intact with a 101-90 win over the Power at the WFCU Centre.
Saturday night, Ryan Anderson had his best night as an Express player, by far. The star shot for 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had 8 assists. Kirk William Jr. also fired for 23 points, while DeAndre Thomas scored 15 points.
Chris Commons and Gary Gibson were still sidelined with injuries for Windsor.
Within a few minutes of the opening tip-off, DeAndre Thomas displayed his strong offensive power. Kirk Williams Jr. also put up great numbers in the first half. The duo combined for big plays down low to keep up with the Power. Mississauga had an early lead, and worked hard to maintain it. The Power used their three-pointers to stay close to the Express in the late stages. Windsor kept fighting for the baskets, and finished the quarter ahead by 3.
In the second, more of Thomas powering through Mississauga’s defense could be seen as Windsor tried to extend its lead. Back and forth, the teams exchanged chances. The Express thrived, putting up points at one end, and holding back the Power at the other. Mississauga attempted a buzzer-beating shot, but it was ruled no basket. Windsor was up 50-33 at halftime.
Mississauga stepped up its game for the second half. The Power came out and fired seven quick points right off the hop, a sequence that forced Windsor to take a timeout. Once regrouped, the Express went back to work. They began rebuilding a significant lead over the Power. Windsor was back to running both ends; Williams Jr. had a huge dunk offensively, and Kevin Loiselle made a giant one-handed block defensively. The Express led 77-63 with one quarter to play.
Tensions were brewing early and throughout the final frame. As Windsor’s lead was being cut down, frustrations built. Quinnel Brown was eventually ejected from the game after receiving a technical foul. The expulsion left a hole on the court and the Power capitalized. The Express started to pull away but Mississauga stayed close. The visitors came to within 5 points due to Windsor’s missed baskets and passes. And like he consistently does, Ryan Anderson stepped up to take over. He first scored on a jump-shot, and then quickly hit a three-pointer. He fired up the fans in typical Anderson fashion. The basket gave the Express a little extra drive in the final minutes. Windsor kept the ball and kept its lead for the last moments. Karl Finley landed one last block with seconds to go. The Express hung on and fought past the Power to win 101-90.
Windsor is back in action at the WFCU Centre Wednesday, February 4th against the London Lightning at 7pm.