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Monday March 30th, 2015

Posted at 9:06am

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Over the weekend, the Windsor Express got back on the winning track. After a tight finish in Game One, losing only by two points, the guys responded in a big way. They fought and put up big numbers, and tied the Conference Finals. Windsor defeated the Brampton A’s 105-93 Saturday night in Windsor.

With all of Windsor’s firepower, Quinnel led in scoring with 34 points. Ryan Anderson fired 25 points and Tony Bennett was close behind with 22 points.

The Express came out with a head full of steam. As Chris Commons got Windsor’s first basket, his teammates kept scoring as well. Tony Bennett incredibly landed three three-pointers in a row that sent his team and the fans in an uproar with every shot. He went 5/5 with his threes in the opening quarter. Ryan Anderson followed in his footsteps and also dominated the outside area, going 3/5 in the quarter. Brampton hit some as well, but the A’s were scrambling when Windsor put them 18 points down. The Express fired up the fans and took a 48-28 lead into the second. Bennett scored 20 points in the quarter.

The pace slowed in the second, but it was still high. The teams exchanged baskets and went back and forth for most of the quarter. Kirk Williams Jr. came up with two massive blocks on the A’s offense. With a minute to go, Brampton would hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit quite a bit. At halftime, Windsor was up 59-49.

The Express didn’t skip a beat coming out for the second half. Quinnel Brown hit back-to-back threes: first, after capitalizing on a Brampton offensive foul, and then being set up for another. However, the A’s matched the shots with a pair of their own, really closing in on Windsor. the visitors got within six points, but the Express halted the flurry. Windsor’s defense held the A’s back and took over at the other end, going back up by 16 points. Less than a minute remained when Brampton hit a three-pointer, followed by a last second basket. After three quarters, the Express led 88-77.

The heated battle continued in the final frame. Both defensive games were strong. At first, the teams were going basket for basket. Soon, Windsor extended its lead. The Express were up 11 points with six minutes to go. Anderson again stepped up for his signature three-point shot, a shot that bounced up off the rim, rolled around it, and then dropped through. The basket put Windsor up 14 points. The A’s fought hard, and it cost them Zane Johnson as he fouled out. the Express maintained their lead until the end, and secured a 105-93 win over the Brampton A’s in Game Two.

Tensions were hot after the game as a dispute erupted near the Brampton bench, clearly setting the tone for Game Three. That game, as well as Game Four will be played at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville. Game Three is set for Wednesday, April 1st and Game Four will be Friday, April 3rd. Tip-off is 7pm for both games.

The teams are back in Windsor for Game Five on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm.

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