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Thursday March 27th, 2014

Posted at 8:13am

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The Windsor Express showed up ready Wednesday night. Ready to play their game, ready to win the battles, ready to make a statement. With their win, the statement was made. The Express were all over the London Lightning, and the train is just beginning to pick up speed. Windsor picked up a huge victory in Game 5 to take the series lead for the first time 3-2.

The Express players had their A-game Wednesday night. In his first game back, Stefan Bonneau led the team in scoring with 21 points. Chris Commons put up 18 points and 3 blocks. DeAndre Thomas scored 17 and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Quinnel Brown had 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

On top of those numbers, Windsor made 72.7% of its free throws. London scored only 65.8% of its free throws, and only shot 13.3% from the three-point line.

The Express were on track for victory from the start, when they hit three straight threes. They kept putting up points while London was having trouble finding its groove. The Lightning were missing baskets in close as well as free throws. Windsor built a bit of a hefty lead heading into the second quarter.

The Express just kept rolling. In the second, they scored 6 of 8 three-pointers (they were nearly 50% at halftime). Stefan Bonneau hit two, George Goode got another. At one point, the Windsor players doubled the Lightning. And a good offense is the best defense. The Express had such a lead, London couldn’t keep up. With the way Windsor’s defense was playing, the visitors couldn’t mount much offense. As a result, the Express were up 55-35 at the half.

Bad luck seemed to follow London around as the fouls kept coming in the third. The Lightning closed the lead a little, cutting it down to 14 before the end of the third. If there was any indication of weakness, it wasn’t coming from the Express. Despite a Lightning three-point shot to begin the quarter, it was answered with a three from Chris Commons. More big plays from Windsor forced London into a timeout. Next, the team would hit a pair of threes and had a major 20-point advantage. Late in the fourth, Dominique Buckley set up an alley-oop slam for Goode to close out the quarter, and the game. The Express pick up the dominant 108-91 win over the Lightning.

Windsor is in London for Game 6 this Saturday, March 29th, and return to Windsor Monday, April 1st for Game 7 if necessary.

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