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Thursday March 20th, 2014

Posted at 7:47am

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With 0.3 seconds on the clock, the ball left the hands of Greg Surmacz. The buzzer sounded, and the ball travelled down through the hoop. The Express fans and players were left open-mouthed and in a state of disbelief. The Lightning stormed the court in an uproar after stealing the win away from Windsor. London won the tight game by a score of 82-81.

The Lightning are now up 2-0 in the Central Conference Championship series.

Darren Duncan led the Express in scoring with 24 points, and picked up 9 assists. DeAndre Thomas scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

On the other side, Elvin Mims scored 32 points for the Lightning.

Stefan Bonneau was out with a knee injury for Windsor.

The Express were on track to start the game, coming out stronger than they did in Game 1. Mistakes began to shape however, with fouls and missed baskets. But it was still early in the game, and Windsor made up for what was lost. An unexpected three-pointer from George Goode helped build Windsor’s lead.

London quickly grabbed the advantage in the second after its own three-point shot, but it was only temporary. Dominique Buckley hit a three, and later, Darren Duncan sank one of his own. The Express were briefly without DeAndre Thomas when he walked off the court limping. He checked back in and kept up his impressive play. At the half, Windsor was up 39-31.

Elvin Mims continued to hit significant shots for the Lightning. The Express stayed with their game though. Duncan grabbed a steal and made the easy lay-up. Next, it was Goode again who came up with a big play, this time using his reach for a towering block. Windsor had a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.

An early three, once more from Buckley, put the Express up by nine. They followed it up with two dynamic blocks from Chris Commons and Kevin Loiselle. It was down to a three-point game with less than a minute to play.

And that was when the intensity picked up. It soon became a one-point game following a steal, but quickly turned back to a three-point advantage for Windsor. With 8 seconds remaining, and after a London timeout, the Express were ahead by just one, 81-80. Time ticked and seemed to slow down when none other than former Express player Greg Surmacz let a shot go that beat the buzzer and sent the Lightning home with a victory. Windsor was stunned, losing 82-81.

Games 3 and 4 are in London Thursday, March 20th and Sunday, March 23rd. The teams are back in Windsor for Game 5 if necessary, Wednesday, March 26th.

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