The KW Titans had a tough night against the Windsor Express at the Aud on Thursday.
In an opportunity for revenge against the down south rivals the Titans, unfortunately, fell short and gave the visitors their third win of the young season.
Marvin Phillips (four points, four rebounds) put the first points on the board for the Titans in what looked like it was shaping up to be another competitive matchup for KW.
But the Express looked focused and matched the Titans’ intensity on both ends of the floor.
KW was able to get ahead at points in the first quarter but in the bottom half of the opening period, the Express was able to find what they were looking for and pushed the lead to nine points at times.
However, the Titans’ fresh legs were keeping them in the game and after the first 12 minutes, Windsor led by a modest six points, as the scoreboard read 27-21 for the Express going into the second quarter.
The Titans looked like they were in it to win it in the early minutes of the second. Jared Nickens (five points) hit a big three to tie the game back up.
The intensity ran even higher midway through the second as players from both sides were voicing their frustrations with the officiating.
Akeem Scott (20 points, seven assists) chased down Windsor’s Chris Jones (25 points, eight assists) in what looked like a monster block against the backboard but Scott was called for the foul to the Titans’ bench and fans dismay. The Titans’ bench was assessed a technical foul for their reaction and the Express seemed to use this as a catalyst to go on a run.
The visitors pushed their lead back up to nine points but KW continued to fight back.
Akeem Ellis (32 points, 10 rebounds, 6:03 p.m.) hit a last-second three that sent the crowd into a frenzy as both teams went into their locker rooms with the score sitting at 58-51 for Windsor at halftime.
The third quarter looked like it was going to be a slug-fest with each squad exchanging blows in the opening minutes. Damon Lynn (12 points, four assists) hit back-to-back three-pointers and brought the Titans’ deficit down to just four.
But unfortunately for Titans fans, the Express got red-hot in the third with an offensive explosion that brought their lead up to 20 points in the blink of an eye.
KW did everything they could as they continued to trade buckets with the Express throughout the fourth but the huge lead that Windsor built in the third proved to be too much to overcome and they fell to the Express by a large margin.
The Windsor Expressed topped the KW Titans 125-112 at the end of regulation dropping the Titans record down to 2-7 on the season.
Top scorer, Akeem Ellis accepted responsibility for the team’s loss and vowed to do better in their next game.
“I put that on myself, I should have brought us in when stuff was getting out of control, which I didn’t do,” Ellis said. “For the next game, we’ll be more prepared.”
The Titans will now hit the road and head up north as they set course for Sudbury to face the Five for the third time this season.
Tip off time is scheduled for 7 p.m.