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Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Posted at 11:31am

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For the second straight year, the Windsor Express are headed to the Division Finals. Following a tough loss to the Mississauga Power last Thursday, the Express travelled to the Hershey Centre for Game Four Tuesday night. The defense was strong, and the offense was key when it needed to be. Windsor went on to defeat Mississauga 107-102 and win the series.

Chris Commons was on fire for the Express, scoring 28 points. Quinnel Brown added 26, and Tony Bennett sank 22 points.

Windsor came out hot to start Game Four, and carried the lead for most of the quarter. Near the end, Mississauga took control and was up by three.

The Express continued to push and fight for the lead. Tim Parham made a big play as he fell hard, but not before setting up Chris Commons for a three-pointer. At the other end, Windsor’s defense was holding up strong. The Power scored a buzzer-beating three to close the first half. Windsor outscored Mississauga 31-15, and led 58-45.

The tables turned early in the third as Mississauga hit three straight three-point shots to start the quarter, and went on a 14-2 run before the 8-minute mark. Windsor stayed in the game and recovered late to take a 10-point lead after three quarters.

Struggling to fight off the Power, the Express maintained a minimal lead. Mississauga went up by one late, but Windsor stepped up and responded with big plays. No play was bigger than a Ryan Anderson steal that turned into a layup to put Windsor up by four with less than a minute to go. Kevin Loiselle killed the final seconds, and the Express held off a Power charge to win 107-102 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.

Windsor moves onto the second round, where they await their Conference Finals, either the Brampton A’s or the London Lightning.

Playoff dates are set for Thursday, March 26th (Game One) and Saturday, March 28th (Game Two) in Windsor at the WFCU Centre. Both games will be played at 7pm.

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