Ryan Blevins

Lightning Shock Windsor, Commons hits Milestone

Ryan Blevins

Windsor travelled to London to take on the rival Lightning, a team the Express have won their last two matchups against dating back to the Clash at the Coliseum.

Theo Davis would start in place of the suspended Kirk Williams Jr. Williams Jr. is serving the first of his three game suspension after an incident that occurred in last weeks game against the Orangeville A’s.

Windsor jumped out to an early lead thanks to the sharp shooting of Tony Bennett. That lead did not last long. London went on a run late in the quarter and were able to grab the lead. London’s Nick Okorie airmailed a no-look alley-oop to Marcus Capers who finished with an electrifying dunk. London’s offense looked like too much for Windsor to handle on the road early on. After one quarter, the Lightning led 26-20.

London carried their momentum into the second quarter. A 14-2 run kicked off the quarter for the Lightning due in large part to their ability to hit shots at the three point line. Brandon Robinson was trading threes with the Lightning in an attempt to shorten the Lightning lead. Windsor was outscored 30-15 in the second quarter by London giving the Lightning a 56-35 lead at half.

Windsor was looking to intensify their offense and get some stops on defense in the third. Newly signed Canadian centre and University of Quebec at Montreal alum Rudolphe Joy notched his first two points in an Express uniform in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 20. Maurice Bolden had a huge third quarter with a ferocious dunk and a huge swat on the defensive end. After a much better third quarter Windsor had cut into the London lead but still faced an 81-66 deficit heading into the fourth.

Long-time Express forward and fan favourite Chris Commons hit a career milestone in the fourth quarter of this game as he secured his 2, 000th career National Basketball League of Canada regular season point.

Commons didn’t stop there however, hitting some clutch three’s down the stretch giving Windsor a two point lead late in the fourth quarter. Instead of getting their usual lead and squandering it away in the second half Windsor showed some resilience and battled back from down 21. Former Express and current Lightning guard Ryan Anderson got some revenge on his old team when he knocked down a triple to break the 98-all tie. That would be enough for London to take the lead and the game. Windsor’s comeback fell short as London was victorious by a score of 104-98.

The Express move on to Niagara for game two of their three game stretch. Windsor concludes said three game stretch at home against the London Lightning on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.