(London, ON) - Coming off back-to-back wins against Kitchener-Waterloo, the Windsor Express were on the road Sunday afternoon. Another trip up the 401 would land the Express at Budweiser Gardens, home of their Central Division rivals, the London Lightning. Also coming off a two game home-and-away set against Kitchener-Waterloo were the Lightning, who finished with a 1-1 record in their last two games.
Announced before the game was the activation of long time Express big man DeAndre Thomas from the practice squad onto the active roster. Thomas sat out all of last season and the beginning of this season after suffering a knee injury two off-season's ago.
Windsor started out on a 7-2 run, which was quickly answered by a 12-2 London run. The Lightning never looked back, maintaining that lead for the entire first half. DeAndre Thomas checked in for the first time mid-way through the second quarter and quickly got to the free throw line, sinking a pair of foul shots. London led 50-42 at half.
A 9-1 third quarter run for the Express brought Windsor to within four of London's lead. The Express would bring the game to within four on two separate occasions during an action packed fourth quarter. What looked like a possible comeback was halted by London, and the Lightning held on for the victory.
The final score from London was the Lightning 106, the Windsor Express 99. This was Windsor's second consecutive loss this season at Budweiser Gardens.
Six Windsor players scored in double digits, including an 18 point performance from Warren Ward.
Maurice Jones filed the stat sheet again for Windsor, putting up 10 points, 12 assists, and 7 rebounds.
DeAndre Thomas had 15 points in his return for Windsor.
The game's high scorer was former Express guard Ryan Anderson, who had 32 points.
London's Royce White, owner of two triple-doubles this season, was held to just 5 points and 6 rebounds.