Ryan Blevins

Express win hard FOUGHT battle vs Orangeville

Alex Johnson

Coming off a pair of road games the Windsor Express returned home to the WFCU centre to square off against the Orangeville A’s.

Newcomer and Oklahoma City native Eric Frederick would be in uniform for the Express for this one. Orangeville entered the WFCU centre coming off a home loss to the Niagara River Lions.

Firing on all cylinders would be an understatement when describing the way the Express offense started out Thursday night. A 14-2 run by Windsor featured a Kirk Williams Jr alley-oop dunk from Tony Bennett the likes of which Express fans have grown so accustomed to seeing over the years. During the first quarter Theo Davis provided a much needed inside game that Windsor has lacked all season. Windsor would lead 28-17 after one quarter.

When Davis left the floor early in the second quarter it was evident Windsor became instantly softer in the middle. Things got interesting late in the second quarter and this action had nothing to do with basketball. When Williams Jr got into a scuffle with Orangeville forward Flenard Whitfield it seemed to be nothing more than a gentleman’s disagreement.

Instead both players needed to be restrained and words were exchanged in what developed into a small shoving match. Both players were ejected as a result. When the dust settled there was still 46 seconds to play in the half. Windsor held on for those final moments and led 49-48 at the break.

With their top scorer now ejected from the contest Windsor needed some of their veteran players to settle the team down and take over the offense. Express forward Chris Commons started the quarter with a pair of triples, pushing Windsor out to a ten point lead. Windsor would dominate all shooting categories resulting in a 76-64 lead entering the final quarter.

Windsor’s defense to begin the fourth quarter was lack-luster. Coach Tony Jones was becoming more and more angry with his team’s inability to get a much needed stop down the stretch. Alex “Superman” Johnson showed Express fans flashes of his memorable North Carolina State career, hitting some clutch shots in the final minutes of the game. After a series of free throws Superman and the Windsor Express would secure the victory by a score of 99-95.

Player of the game was Chris Commons following his 32 point, three rebound game. Windsor’s record improved to 9-9 following the victory. Orangeville would drop to 5-8. The Express go back on the road Thursday and Friday to take on London and Niagara respectively.

Windsor returns home to play their 401 rivals the London Lightning Saturday Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.