Express Struggle Against Storm
Friday January 29th, 2016
Posted at 10:05pm
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It was a close one on a Friday night at the WFCU Centre. The Windsor Express welcomed the Island Storm, as Windsor was looking to rebound back from a Thursday night loss. The visitors thought otherwise. The Storm halted the train as the Express dropped its second straight with a 100-94 loss.
Chris Commons had another team-leading performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Shaquille Keith added 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Robinson put up 20 points.
Just seconds into the game, the Express were off to a speedy start – especially Chris Commons. The Windsor veteran swiftly put his team up early on. Despite the offense that came from the Express, the Island followed closely. Soon, the Storm would rob Windsor of its lead. They made big plays, including a thunderous dunk to get fired up. The play got more serious, and tensions did as well after a bump under the Windsor net. Things got heated for a little, but seemingly settled down. The Express were down by 12 after the first quarter.
Like he did in the first, Commons was hitting big shots early in the second. Notably, rookie Shaquille Keith was making nice moves for Windsor to narrow the lead. At this point, it seemed like the Express were coming together. Their defense took shape to take the Storm down a peg. With time, Windsor was cutting it close, more so in the last few minutes of the second quarter. When the first half buzzer rang, the Island storm had a 53-46 lead.
A couple of key plays for Windsor to begin the third quarter included momentous three-pointers from Shaquille Keith and Brandon Robinson. Following that up was Commons with a one-handed slam. The Storm countered with an alley-oop dunk for themselves to somewhat stun the crowd. Windsor worked hard, though. Eventually, Robinson tied the game, and Tony Bennett gave the Express their first lead since the first quarter. Seconds remained in the quarter when the Island regained their lead, grabbing a one-point advantage.
The bout was turning into a battle as the fourth quarter ticked down. Steadily, the Island was rebuilding its lead. At the other end, Windsor was off its mark with less than five minutes to go. The team regrouped and got within four, and then two with nearly a minute left. Keith made a giant impact in the game as he sank both of his free throws when it counted most. He tied the game with a minute to play. Seconds continued to count down, but it was the Island picking up the scraps. The Storm were up by four with only 27 seconds to play. In the final 10 seconds, the Express just couldn’t hit the spot. Their shots came up short, and the visitors stood tall. Windsor couldn’t handle the Island Storm and fell 100-94.
The Express will next face the London Lightning at Caesar’s Windsor for Clash at the Colosseum III. Game time is 7:30pm.