(WINDSOR, ON) -- The Windsor Express were riding their longest win streak of the season coming into Friday night's game against the Cape Breton Highlanders. In the Highlanders first year as members of the NBL Canada, this was their first appearance at the WFCU Centre. Brought with them from the east coast was former Express forward
Shaquille Keith, who attended Cape Breton University before signing with Windsor last season.
Before the game it was announced Windsor will be without 2015 NBL Canada MVP Quinnel Brown for the foreseeable future. Brown, an NBL Canada veteran, returned to Venezuela to rejoin his team from last season.
The three point attempts were falling for both teams early. Windsor got out to an 8-2 lead early. The Highlanders used the three ball to keep themselves in the game, hitting four in the first half. The Express began to pull away when they opened the second quarter on a 21-7 run. Juan Pattillo ended the half on a hot streak, adding six points in the final two minutes of the first half after shooting 6-7 from the field. Windsor led 58-39 after one half of play.
Windsor got out to their largest lead of the game late in the third quarter when a Jernard Jarreau dunk got the crowd on their feet. Windsor had already passed the century mark with five and a half minutes left in regulation and were not slowing down. The second half belonged to Jarreau, who had eight points in the final 24 minutes. This was one of Windsor's best halves defending the perimeter, surrendering only two three pointers in the second half. Windsor never trailed at any point during the game and the win was never in question.
Windsor came out on top 113-92 and extended their win streak to four games.
All but one member of the roster registered a point in the blowout victory. Six of Windsor's ten rostered players scored double digit points, including Nick Evans who was named player of the game. Evans was one rebound shy of a double-double, registering 19 points and nine boards in the win. Darren Duncan also had 13 assists.
Cape Breton's Chad Frazier had 23 points in the loss. Shaquille Keith added 18 points and 10 rebounds.
After winning four games in a row and five of their last six, Windsor continues a four game home stand Sunday afternoon. The Niagara River Lions come to Windsor for the first time this season. The Express are winless in three trips to St. Catharines and will look to defeat former Express players Chris Commons and Kirk Williams Jr. Tip time is 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.