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(WINDSOR, ON) - The Express are back on track after handing the visiting Cape Breton Highlanders a 108-104 loss last night. Ryan Anderson led the Windsor assault with 34 points while Tyrrel Tate dropped 17.
Starter Juan Pattillo posted his second straight double-double with 16 points and 13 boards. Chris Jones was close behind, as player off he bench, as he put up 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Point guard Horace Wormely and centre DeAndre Thomas each contributed 13 points in the win.
Windsor ran out to a 25-21 lead by the end of the 1st period, but found themselves facing a 2-point deficit, 46-44, by the break. The Express stoked the fire in the 3rd quarter when they out-scored the Highlanders 35-26 to take a 79-72 lead into the final frame.
Cape Breton crept up on the Express, taking the lead with just over 9 minutes to play. The Highlanders extended their lead to 3 before Wormely hit two from the line and Anderson drained a bomb after Jones picked Oluyuima Famutimi's pocket.
Windsor led the final 7:24 with Tate going 4-for-4 from the line to keep the Express in front despite 3-pointers by Cape Breton's Bruce Massey and Aaron Redpath.
The win puts the Express (6-8) a game behind the London Lightning (8-8) with the pair schedule to meet in Windsor this Saturday at 7pm. Before they do, however, Windsor hosts Saint John Friday night in the second of three games in four nights.
Today, Cape Breton activated Chris Johnson from Inactive reserve.
The Moncton Magic signed and activated Marcus Lewis as IR designate for Billy White. The Magic also placed Eddie Asamoah (concussion) on Injured Reserve, signed and activated Freddie McSwain Jr as IR designate. Asamoah may return to the lineup after January 13.