(Windsor, ON) - The Windsor Express played the middle game of a three game week Friday night. Coming up on the losing end in seven of their last eight games, the Express invited the Moncton Miracles to the WFCU Centre for the first and only time this season. Currently in last place in the NBL Canada's Atlantic division, Moncton is the first east coast based team to play in Windsor this season.
Absent from the Express bench was Quinnel Brown who was serving a one game suspension for an incident with an official which occurred during Wednesday's game. Taking his place in the starting lineup was Wally Ellenson.
Windsor began the game on a 16-4 run. The Express played fast in the first quarter, forcing the Miracles to try and keep up with their pace. Windsor was able to generate 11 first quarter turnovers, most of which turned into fast break points on the other end. This was also Windsor's best defensive quarter since allowing 11 points to Orangeville in the second quarter of their last win on January 25. The game began to become more physical in the second quarter. While the Miracles had an improved offensive output, Windsor finished the quarter on an 8-3 run, including a buzzer beating three by Maurice Jones. On the back of a 12 point and four rebound first half from Warren Ward, Windsor led 53-37 at halftime.
Despite Moncton's ability to hold on to the ball in the second half, Windsor was able to keep their lead at double digits for the entire third quarter. Both Ward and Wally Ellenson had terrific second halves shooting from beyond the arch. Moncton was able to make things interesting down the stretch, cutting the Windsor lead to eight at one point. The game was sealed with a Juan Pattillo two handed slam with under a minute left in the game. Moncton failed to score in the final three minutes of the game as Windsor closed out on a 7-0 run.
Windsor would take the game easily, coming up on the winning end of a 101-86.
Juan Pattillo was named Player of the Game in only his second game in Windsor. The Express forward had eight rebounds and five assists go go along with his game high 20 points. Warren Ward also had 20 points on 5-of-13 shooting from three.
The Windsor Express will finish their week with the second game of a back-to-back in Niagara tomorrow evening. They will look to build momentum with a win in that game, heading into Clash at the Colosseum IV against Kitchener-Waterloo on Wednesday, February 8 at Caesar's Casino.