A great crowd turned out to witness the return of long-time head coach Bill Jones to the bench. Coach Jones had his year long suspension lifted earlier this week after a successful appeal was heard by the league.
A night after getting ejected in his final game coach Tony Jones would slide one seat down the bench and take over assistant coaching duties. As for the play on the court Windsor was looking for revenge against the London after losing to the Lightning on the road just two nights prior.
The only thing that could stop Windsor coming out of the gate was themselves. Brandon Robinson was most likely melting the ice underneath the WFCU hardwood as he was on fire to start out. There seemed to be something extra motivating Robinson tonight as he and counterpart Warren Ward we jawing the entire first quarter.
The home debut for Rudolph Joly began with lock down defense and a refreshing jolt of inside scoring. The big man was imposing his will on London forward Chad Posthumus. At the end of one quarter the Express held a 28-17 lead over the struggling London Lightning.
Windsor kept their feet on the throats of London coming out of the break on an 8-2 run. There was not much excitement for the majority of the quarter. That is until London forward Akeem Wright leapt through the air and slammed home a rim rattling dunk.
Highlight plays aside Windsor still held ten point lead. The fans loved Tony Bennett’s defensive effort forcing a travel and collecting a steal all in the matter of 30 seconds. The efforts of the whole team were a by-product of their 48-36 lead at half.
Coach Jones had his team playing with the same level of intensity as they finished with in the first half. Chris Commons began taking guys to school down low in the third. Working both the right and left sides the showed why the paint at the WFCU centre is referred to as the House of Commons. What was once a sizeable lead for London had progressively deteriorated until eventually London tied the game up with a clutch three-pointer.
With the game tied up it was time to call on a superhero. Alex Johnson’s buzzer beating and-one shot allowed Windsor to regain the lead with time winding down in the third quarter. Despite being outscored 29-22 in the quarter Windsor still led London by a score of 70-65.
The fourth quarter of this contest was nothing short of a back-and-forth dog fight. Johnson did not need heat vision in the fourth quarter to show why they call him Superman. Johnson’s three made triples elevated the Express offense and their lead over London. Windsor was not making it easy on themselves all night with a glaring inability to sink free throws.
The Express lead was down to just a single point with under a minute to go. Brandon Robinson’s clutch free throws extended that lead. What looked like a hopeless moment for Chris Commons turned into a game saving play. Commons missed both his free throws on one end to subsequently block the potential game winning three by London. Windsor would take this thriller of a game by a score of 91-88.