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Thursday November 20th, 2014

Posted at 7:07am

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The Windsor Express were looking for retribution, and the London Lightning were looking to knock off the defending NBL of Canada Champions for a second straight time. The game came down to the last second, but it was the Express rolling to victory. Windsor won 92-91 Wednesday night inside the WFCU Centre.

DeAndre Thomas led the charge with 21 points. Tony Bennett scored 13 points and had 13 assists, while Quinnel Brown also put up 13 points and nabbed 10 rebounds.

Though the first was a back-and-forth battle for the advantage and to set the pace, the London Lightning were impressive from the outside line. The visitors hit five three-pointers to easily give the Express a challenge. After some hot shots at both ends, Windsor managed to get on top at the end of the quarter. The team led 21-19 heading into the second.

Windsor’s offense then started taking over. It doubled its points from the previous quarter, and then some. The Express went on a short run and forced London into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Windsor wasn’t holding back. A last second basket by the Ryan Anderson put the Express up 46-35 at halftime against a tough Lightning squad.

Similar to the second, the Express continued to build their lead. They pulled ahead, but the Lightning weren’t far behind. Star players such as Zane Johnson helped keep London in the game. In the last minute, the teams exchanged three-pointers. A final second three-pointer by the Lightning closed the gap to 8 points, as Windsor was up 72-64.

With one quarter to play, the action intensified. London had the upper hand early as they clawed closer. Windsor hung onto the lead, though only up by 4. Another Lighting three-point basket put the game at 90-89 in Windsor’s favour, forcing an Express timeout late in the game. Less than 20 seconds remained when London took the lead. Following another Windsor timeout, the Express stepped on the court with purpose. On the play, Quinnel Brown sank a jumper with 6.6 seconds to go. At the other end, after a London timeout, the Lightning hurried to make the game-winning shot. The ball bounced off the rim and away as the buzzer sounded. Windsor hung on to beat its rivals 92-91.

The Express are back at the WFCU Centre next Wednesday, November 26th to face the Moncton Miracles at 7pm.

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