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Saturday April 12th, 2014

Posted at 1:50pm

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Time ran out on the Windsor Express last night. A couple of late calls against the Express allowed the Island Storm to take a lead with 4.2 seconds remaining in the game. Time ticked away and Windsor fell hard. And now, time is winding down on its season. The Express train came to a halt as they suffered an upsetting 104-103 loss to the Storm in Game 4. The Island now have a 3-1 stranglehold on the championship series.

Stefan Bonneau pushed past his injuries and scored 34 points for Windsor. Quinnel Brown scored 20 points, grabbing 9 rebounds. Darren Duncan put up 14 points, while Kevin Loiselle and Chris Commons added 13 points each.

Windsor stepped onto the court and was strong from the start. Early on, fouls became problems for both teams, but the Express still took a 14-6 run to the media timeout. Their threes were on point at the start, and they fought hard for the lead. Their turnovers caught up with them, though. Fortunately, Windsor ended the first up by 4.

In the second, the Kevin Loiselle-Antonio Ballard matchup proved to be working for Windsor as he held the Storm star back. It allowed the Express to pick up an 8-point advantage. The Storm were quick to retaliate and got to within one, then grabbing the lead – and it forced Windsor into a recovering timeout. The teams exchanged offense. In the process, Stefan Bonneau fell hard and lay on the ground holding his face. After Windsor recuperated, Quinnel Brown went down for a dunk. However, an Island three-pointer gave the Storm a 45-44 lead at the half.

The Express fought forward though, getting an early jam from their offense. Once again, the Storm were waiting as they picked their moments. They built an 8-point lead. Continuous offense brought the Express back to within striking range, thanks to a Papa Oppong three-pointer. Next, Brown set up Loiselle for a huge alley-oop. More foul shots brought Windsor to within just one point at the end of the third.

The Storm had the early lead but the Express were up for the task ahead. After Adrian Moss went to the sidelines with an apparent foot injury, Windsor was able to take control. Though the teams were in constant foul trouble, Bonneau hit a big three-point shot, and he followed it up with some free throws that put the Express up. As the game was winding down, the teams were fighting hard for the upper hand. First, it was Windsor as Bonneau landed another three-pointer to break a tie. Next, the Storm got one of their own. Back-to-back threes were then scored by Commons and Bonneau. And following a missed three-point shot on the Storm’s end, Loiselle grabbed the rebound and sent it down to Brown for the dunk. Another foul put the Island at the line, where they would grab a one-point lead. Again, they battled for the last minute advantage. It was a Windsor foul on a three-point try that put the Storm up by one with 4.2 seconds left.

With one last attempt, the Express tried to hit the game-winning shot, but they came up short. The Windsor Express suffered a heart-breaking loss, falling to the Island Storm 104-103 in Game 4.

The Express now face elimination (down 3-1) in Game 5 tonight in P.E.I. Tip-off is at 6pm ET.

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