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Sunday April 13th, 2014

Posted at 11:51am

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The Windsor Express still have some steam left in them. With that steam, there comes a newfound fire, and drive. They fought through adversity and came out as the victors Saturday night. After taking all the Island Storm could throw at them, the Express won 113-111. The Game 5 win brings the series back to Windsor for Game 6.
Conducting the Express was Stefan Bonneau, who scored an astounding 39 points. Darren Duncan had 18 points and 6 assists. Quinnel Brown put up 16 points and picked up 12 rebounds.

In the game, Windsor forced 16 turnovers, while its defense grabbed 9 steals and made 4 blocks.

Darren Duncan started the high-scoring bout with a finger roll lay-up. And then, the see-saw battle for the advantage began. A late jumper from Dominique Buckley put Windsor ahead by 4 after the first quarter.

The Storm snuck up and closed in on Windsor with their three-point shots. The Express hit some of their own to stay ahead of the Storm. Their in-your-face style of defense was holding the Island back, which, in turn, allowed Kevin Loiselle to extend his team’s lead by 12 points. At either end of the court, baskets were scored, but Windsor worked harder. This time, to close out the quarter, Duncan hit a jumper and gave Windsor a 57-45 lead at the half.

During halftime, Windsor Express CEO Dartis Willis made a video call from P.E.I. to the Express fans at their viewing party. He stood alongside assistant coach Lexa Page in the locker room and showed the team the support it had at home.

The power of the fans must have been on Windsor’s side, because they came out in the third ready to take the win. The Express quickly picked up speed and were pulling away from the Island, building an early 22-point lead. In that rush, George Goode even slammed the ball down with authority. He and his teammates continued to hold the Storm back. At the end of the third, the Windsor was up by 19 points.

Just when it seemed the Express would steamroll their way to victory, the Storm again crept up on the train and slowed it down. Despite a three-pointer from Stefan Bonneau, and a dunk from Quinnel Brown, the Storm was hanging on. Back-to-back threes quickly brought them within 10. They would later sink another one that made it a 6-point game. All of a sudden, the Island was back in the game. Bonneau hit numerous foul shots to give Windsor a little bit more of a lead. After more late controversy on the court, the Storm got within one point. But, the Express fought for their victory. Bonneau sank one more foul shot with less than a second to play to halt any chance of a comeback.

The Windsor Express take Game 5, playing hard to defeat the Island Storm 113-111.

The series now returns to Windsor for Game 6 Tuesday, April 15th at 7pm.

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