Express Topple Titans In OT

Released: December 16, 2018

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Express (1-6) successfully hosted the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (3-4) Saturday night in NBLC action. Both Kitchener and Windsor were in search of a much needed win. A victory for the Titans would draw them level on the season and the Express needed to break the run of bad luck over the year’s first seven games.

It's all eyes on Horace Wormely as he catches some air en route to the basket against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018. Wormely was named the Express player of the game after dropping 24 points in the 122-114 overtime win.Photo by Ian Shalapata.It's all eyes on Horace Wormely as he catches some air en route to the basket against the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018. Wormely was named the Express player of the game after dropping 24 points in the 122-114 overtime win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor’s Juan Pattillo connected from the paint for the game’s first points, but Kitchener ran out to a 15-9 lead by the first media timeout. Head coach Bill Jones re-enforced the key points the team has concentrated on since returning from their 3-game road trip consisting of all losses.

Windsor's Juan Pattillo smashes two of his 22 points on 15 December 2018 against Kitchener-Waterloo. Pattilo's overtime dunk put the icing on the cake for Windsor's 122-114 victory.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Windsor's Juan Pattillo smashes two of his 22 points on 15 December 2018 against Kitchener-Waterloo. Pattilo's overtime dunk put the icing on the cake for Windsor's 122-114 victory.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Jones opted for height as he sent out Pattillo along with DeAndre Thomas, Richard Amardi, Brian Addison, and point guard Horace Wormely. The strategy caused havoc for the Titans’ inside game as the Express smothered Kitchener’s offense and got back to within 5 by the end of the quarter, 24-19.

What [Tyrrel Tate] has done is brought some positivity into the house. - Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones

Pattillo led the Express after 12 minutes with 6 points while Wormely and newcomer Tyrrel Tate each picked up 3 rebounds. Thomas had 4 points off the bench for Windsor and Akeem Ellis had 9 for the visitors. Both teams struggled with sub-50% shooting from the floor.

Tate was playing in his first game with the Express after wooing the team for the past two seasons before coming over from the NBA G-League.

“What he’s done is brought some positivity into the house,” Jones said. “With his positive energy today he was able to help us get through the tough times and keep us together. He’s an important piece of our puzzle moving forward.”

Freshly arrived from the NBA G-League, Tyrrel Tate (10) made his mark in his first game with the Windsor Express, dropping a double-double of 19 points and 10 boards during the 122-114 overtime victory over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Freshly arrived from the NBA G-League, Tyrrel Tate (10) made his mark in his first game with the Windsor Express, dropping a double-double of 19 points and 10 boards during the 122-114 overtime victory over the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor took the play to Kitchener to start the 2nd quarter, taking the lead 36-34 on a 3-pointer by Angelo Griffis. With under 5 minutes to play in the half, the teams were knotted at 36 when the Titans hit for 1-of-2 from the line to retake the lead. Windsor then ran into a dry spell as each non-productive trip up the floor was met by Kitchener edging upward. At half time the Express trailed 44-42.

Thomas was the surprise midway leader of all shooters with 12 points while Derek Hall dropped 11 for the Titans over the first 24 minutes. However, as a team, Windsor dipped precipitously to just 35.9% shooting as Kitchener remained at 47%.

“DeAndre has been playing well. He’s probably been one of our best interior players throughout the course of the year,” Jones said of Thomas. “He’s been able to get double figures in each game and he’s a big part of what we do.”

Windsor's DeAndre Thomas (2) left a wake of Titans in his rush to the basket during NBL Canada action on 15 December 2018. Thomas was named as Windsor's player off the bench after putting up 16 points in 16 minutes despite fouling out late in the game.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Windsor's DeAndre Thomas (2) left a wake of Titans in his rush to the basket during NBL Canada action on 15 December 2018. Thomas was named as Windsor's player off the bench after putting up 16 points in 16 minutes despite fouling out late in the game.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The third period was marked by the on-going feud between Ryan Anderson and Hall. The pair exchanged fouls and technicals before each of them leaving the game for an extended rest. Meanwhile Windsor quietly pushed their way in front of the Titans on the strength of an improved outside game. Reggie Hamilton and Wormely each contributed with the long ball while Pattillo battled his way through the paint en route to a 74-72 lead entering the final frame.

The Express had their best shooting percentage in the 3rd quarter at 56.3 as the Titans continued at the 47% mark.

“The guys have to go out there and relax and be able to play,” Jones said post game. “What we’ve seen in our previous games is that our guys are too tight and what they did in the second half is they went out and relaxed. They were able to win the third quarter and get us back in the game.”

Kitchener caught the Express resting on their laurels and ran to an early 4th quarter 83-78 lead before Jones stemmed the bleeding by calling a time out. The 1,000-plus crowd weren’t silenced, however, urging the Express to get back into the play. Thomas responded with a field goal and Amardi with a triple.

Two Kitchener strikes from downtown dampened the spirits, though Anderson put two away from the penalty stripe. The crowd then came alive when Wormely kicked out to Tate who made his way in for a score and a foul. But time was running down and the Express trailed by five. A plethora of give-aways also didn’t help Windsor’s predicament.

Ryan Anderson takes a 3rd quarter breather during NBL Canada action in Windsor on 15 December 2018. The Anderson had 19 points, including the first 6 points in overtime as the Express defeated the Titans 122-114.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Ryan Anderson takes a 3rd quarter breather during NBL Canada action in Windsor on 15 December 2018. The Anderson had 19 points, including the first 6 points in overtime as the Express defeated the Titans 122-114.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Amardi was the first Express player to foul out of the game. Thomas wasn’t too far behind. A trey by Anderson, a steal and bucket from Pattillo, a stop defensively, and another triple from Anderson inexplicably put Windsor in front 102-101. With two possessions left in the game, Kitchener went up by 1 as the clock ticked down to 16.26 seconds.

“[Anderson] made big shots for us down the stretch. His two clutch threes were able to get us back in the game,” Jones said as he described the play of Ryan Anderson. “His leadership in the overtime took over for us.”

Ashton Smith missed once from the line to make it a 2-point game. Time out called by Jones.

The exchanges often became heated between the Windsor Express and Kitchener-Waterloo Titans during an NBL Canada match on 15 December 2018. Here, Windsor's Brian Addison has some choice words for Kitchener's Ed Horton in the 3rd quarter.Photo by Ian Shalapata.The exchanges often became heated between the Windsor Express and Kitchener-Waterloo Titans during an NBL Canada match on 15 December 2018. Here, Windsor's Brian Addison has some choice words for Kitchener's Ed Horton in the 3rd quarter.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Coming back, Wormely inbounded the ball to Pattillo who, in turn, dished to Anderson. His shot hit iron on the 3-point attempt, but Pattillo put back the rock with a two-handed jam to tie the contest with 8.38 seconds to play. Kitchener’s turn.

Smith’s jumper rebounded to Anderson and it was time for an extra period with the crowd back in the game.

Windsor's Ryan Anderson (44) watches as Juan Pattillo and Horace Wormely execute a pick and roll on Kitchener's Damon Lynn during overtime on 15 December 2018. The Express put up 18 points during the OT period to complete a 122-114 comeback victory of the Titans.Photo by Ian Shalapata.Windsor's Ryan Anderson (44) watches as Juan Pattillo and Horace Wormely execute a pick and roll on Kitchener's Damon Lynn during overtime on 15 December 2018. The Express put up 18 points during the OT period to complete a 122-114 comeback victory of the Titans.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Out of the huddle Anderson put up the first six points of OT and set the tone for Windsor to run to a 122-114 win as the Express stole a victory with an 18-10 overtime period.

“They took command after their got their confidence in overtime and were able to pull out a tough victory,” said Jones.

Tate finished the game with Windsor’s only double-double of 19 points and 10 boards. Wormely was Windsor’s player of the game as he dropped a team high 24 points. Pattillo corralled 22 while Anderson equalled Tate’s offensive output.

(L to R) Tyrrel Tate, assistant coach Neal Foreman, Anthony Ottley Jr, and Angelo Griffis celebrate Windsor's victory over the visiting Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018. The Express put up 18 points in overtime to run to a 122-114 win.Photo by Ian Shalapata.(L to R) Tyrrel Tate, assistant coach Neal Foreman, Anthony Ottley Jr, and Angelo Griffis celebrate Windsor's victory over the visiting Kitchener-Waterloo Titans on 15 December 2018. The Express put up 18 points in overtime to run to a 122-114 win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

“[Wormely] has some tough shoes to fill. Maurice Jones, Darren Duncan, Stefan Bonneau, there have been some good point guards who have played with the Windsor Express, so we think arguably [Wormely] is one of the top point guards to have played in this league,” Jones said. “He controlled the game for us, he made some tough shots, he spread [Kitchener’s] defense out, and he was able to get to the basket and make big plays for us.”

Windsor (2-6) hosts Halifax (4-5) this coming Wednesday at 7pm. The Hurricanes are currently on a 3-game losing streak while Windsor is looking to capitalize on their momentum swing after Saturday’s victory.



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