WINDSOR,ON - The Windsor Express, coming off one of their most thrilling games to date, needed a win to begin their longest winning streak of the year. It was only four short days ago that the Express defeated the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans at Clash at the Coliseum IV. Since then, both teams have gone on the road and defeated the Orangeville A's. Winners of two games in a row, Windsor invited Kitchener-Waterloo to the WFCU Centre Sunday afternoon.
Returning to the lineup for Windsor was Nick Evans and Clinton Springer who both served one game suspensions in Orangeville.
It was all Kitchener-Waterloo for a majority of the first half. Kitchener-Waterloo began the game on an 18-6 run. It was not until the second quarter that Windsor hit their first three point shot. They would go on to hit only two in the half, an uncommon occurrence for Windsor, who is one of the NBL Canada's best three point shooting teams. Windsor took their first lead of the game with four minutes to play in the first half, courtesy of a Nick Evans elbow jumper. That shot was in the midst of a 16-7 Windsor run which closed out the half and gave the Express a 44-38 halftime lead.
Windsor had trouble carrying their momentum into the second half and the two teams traded leads for most of the third quarter. It was not until late in the third quarter when Warren Ward began heating up from beyond the arch. Ward was fouled in the act of shooting a three point shot, but was able to make the shot and add the free throw, all part of the only four point play of the day. Juan Pattillo took the game over in the fourth quarter. Pattillo had five points, two rebounds and went 2-4 from the field in the final twelve minutes of the game.
Windsor came out with an 85-74 victory.
Not only was this Windsor's best defensive performance of the season, it was also their third largest margin of victory. Windsor is now the proud owners of a three game winning streak, their longest of the year.
For his overall efforts, Jernard Jerreau was awarded the player of the game after putting up 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. He was one of five Express players to score in double digits.
Adam Blazek scored 17 points for Kitchener-Waterloo.
Windsor remains home until Friday Feb. 17th when the Cape Breton Highlanders and Shaquille Keith travel from the East coast to take on the Express. Tip time is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the WFCU Centre.