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Down the rails, the train stayed on track until the end. Although Mississauga stepped onto the court Wednesday night on a mission, Windsor was up for the challenge. The Express met the Power halfway, and then some. An all-around strong fourth quarter gave Windsor a two-game lead in its best-of-five series. The Express defeated the Power 110-97 in Game 2.
For the Express, Stefan Bonneau led the team with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Quinnel Brown and Chris Commons each posted 18 points. Darren Duncan scored 19 points and had 11 assists. DeAndre Thomas put up 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
During Game 2, Windsor’s defense held Morgan Lewis to just 5 three-point attempts, as opposed to his 14 tries in Game 1.
The Power came out, well, powerful. Just as they had done the night before, they played determinedly. They put Windsor in a hole early, having a 10-point advantage. The Express rolled through it, though. A last second Power shot/tip-in was disallowed, and so Windsor only trailed by one after one.
The Express pushed through the questionable calls and turnovers, and eventually took over. The train never looked back from there. Basket-by-basket, they built their lead. Tensions began to boil over, though, as the game started to get heated. Again, Windsor fought through its own frustrations and took a 51-43 lead to the locker room at half time.
Mississauga wasn’t as lucky – emotions got the best of the Power. Despite an early spur, the visitors had trouble keeping up with Windsor. The Express bounced back and Bonneau put up six points within the first few minutes. The gap was lessened after Morgan Lewis hit a pair of threes. With three quarters down, it was a 4-point game.
That’s when the Express turned into a runaway train. Dominique Buckley sank huge back-to-back three-pointers to start the final quarter. They continued for a 10-0 run; Mississauga couldn’t contain Windsor’s players anymore. Collectively, the Express outscored the Power 32-17 in the fourth quarter. They come out on top over the Power 110-97.
Next, Windsor travels up to Mississauga for Game 3, which takes place Thursday night at 7:05pm. With a win against the Power, the Express will move on to Round 2 and await their next opponent, either Brampton or London.