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Strong Fourth Quarter Leads To Windsor Win

Sunday January 10th, 2016, 7:47pm

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Photo courtesy Windsor Express

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Sunday, snowy Sunday in Windsor. Inside the WFCU Centre, however, the Express were on fire. A dominant fourth quarter turned things around for Windsor. The Express outscored the Niagara River Lions 34-13 in the final quarter, assuring a 112-90 victory Sunday afternoon.

Throughout the opening quarter, the teams were going basket for basket, never really gaining much ground on the other. Brandon Robinson hit a pair of three-pointers. At the other end, Niagara caught up with some late baskets. Windsor was only up by a single point after the first quarter.

Niagara came out strong in the second. The River Lions sank back-to-back threes, and followed those up with a short surge. The Express came back, though. A Windsor flurry of points allowed the team to regain its lead. Robinson netted a couple of foul shots to close out the first half, with Windsor leading 57-55.

Early on in the third quarter, Windsor was off its mark. Consequentially, Niagara was able to sneak in some baskets and keep the score close. Eventually, the River Lions would take the lead. Express turnovers put them down for a little while. Again, the teams would fight for the lead in the final seconds of the quarter. It was newly acquired Express player Alex Johnson who gave Windsor the edge with a quarter to go. He made a diving layup in incredible fashion to put the Express up by one.

With 12 minutes to play, the Express began to take control. Tony Bennett landed two three-pointers in a row. As well, Maurice Bolden slammed a dunk that gave Windsor the upper hand that fired up the players and the fans. He did it again, not long after, to force Niagara into a timeout. The Express were still relentless and continued their hot moves on the court. Bennett picked off the ball from a River Lions player near half court, and sent it to Adrian Moss. With no Niagara defenders, he handed the ball to Chris Commons, and he slammed the ball down. The momentum was all Windsor’s late in the game. Niagara went nearly four minutes without a point. The highlight of the quarter, and possibly the game, came on an amazing passing play with less than a minute remaining. Ljubisa Vrcelj started it off by grabbing a defensive rebound. He launched a pass down the court to Bolden. He sent to Moss in the key, who, in turn, dished it off to Shaquille Keith. With a pass behind the back, he sent it back to Bolden who jumped up for the two-handed dunk. The crowd and players roared and cheered in astonishment. It was quite the way to wrap up a hot performance. The Express handed the River Lions a 112-90 loss.

Windsor will be back at the WFCU Centre next Sunday, January 17th to take on the Orangeville A’s at 2pm.

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