Ryan Blevins

Express make it Interesting, Can’t make Comeback

windsor express' tony bennett driving to the basket

Express make things interesting, lose comeback attempt 123-115

Thank you to everyone who is reading the first edition of Off The Rails.

If I can promise you one thing it is that we will have fun with this. I gained this position with In Play! Magazine because of my internship with the Express but I am in no way biased towards the team. I’m here to fulfill all your Windsor Express needs and give you my honest opinion.

Let’s get right into the game action. After getting to .500 on the season Windsor would play game one of a back-to-back. The London Lightning entered the WFCU centre in first place in the Central Division. Former Express and current Lightning forward Kevin Loiselle received his NBL Canada championship ring before the game. It was a surprise to many to see forward Kirk Williams Jr. at the arena after dealing with a personal matter for many weeks. Game Pix

To put it simply London would start out hot going on a 15-3 tear and Windsor looked sluggish. Windsor’s inability to defend the three pointer hurt them in the first half. Maurice Bolden’s two-handed slam helped the Express stay in the game but Windsor still trailed 30-19 heading into the second quarter.

In his first game back Kirk Williams Jr drove to the basket and slung a slick no look pass to Brandon Robinson who finished it off with a dunk. Windsor was finally able to settle down on the defensive end and notched some turnovers that led to an 11-3 run to end the quarter. Tempers ran hot but London led 58-51 through two quarters. After giving fans seemingly nothing to cheer about in the first quarter the Windsor faithful were on their feet helping set the tone for the Express run.

More alley oop dunks led off the third quarter, this time with Robinson dishing to Bolden on the receiving end. Carrying momentum into the half Express guard Tony Bennett propelled his team past London for their lead of the game with his stone cold three pointer. Don’t be surprised if you see Chris Commons in a public service announcement any time soon as he was bullying guys in the paint all night. After a 33 point swing Windsor was in the driver’s seat heading into the fourth, up 90-82.

The officials let the boys play going down the stretch. Three point shooting was the difference all game and it was no different in the fourth. London shot their way to a command lead. Windsor was deflated after Stephen Maxwell received a full court pass that he miraculously slammed home. London would leave Windsor victorious defeating Windsor 123-115.

Coach Tony Jones knows his team needed to improve statistically to stay in this ball game.

“When you go to the line and only make six out of your 13 free throws it’s going to be difficult to win games. Shooting 21 per cent from three is unacceptable. We know what we have to work on and we will go get them tomorrow,” said coach Jones.

The “they” coach Jones is referring to is the Niagara River Lions who visit the WFCU centre once again on Saturday, January 23, 2016 for a 7:30 tip time. Windsor will need to win this game to get back to .500 and stay out of the basement in the Central Division.

Windsor Express Statistics Leaders
Points Tony Bennett (32) Chris Commons (19) Maurice Bolden (19)
Assists Adrian Moss (12) Brandon Robinson (9) 3 Players (3)
Rebounds Brandon Robinson (8) Chris Commons (7) Maurice Bolden (7)

 

London Lightning Statistics Leaders
Points Akeem Wright (26) Tyshawn Patterson (25) Nick Okorie (24)
Assists Nick Okorie (10) Akeem Wright (5) 3 Players (3)
Rebounds Stephen Maxwell (20) Akeem Wright (14) 2 Players (6)