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Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Posted at 11:21am

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It was a wild ride, but the train got on track. A rough second quarter left the Express in a tough spot. The team responded in a big way with a huge third quarter. The energy carried over into the fourth, and there was no way Windsor was leaving without a win. Put on the brink of elimination, the Express rallied to win 119-112 over the Halifax Rainmen in Game Six action Tuesday night, in Windsor.

In the victory, Quinnel Brown scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 3 steals. Kirk Williams Jr. and Tony Bennett each put up 22 points. Chris Commons added 20 points.

Over the weekend, the Express dropped two games while picking up one win in Halifax. In the two losses, Windsor went down by 30 or more points at one time in the game.

The game was off to a fast start at both ends. Kirk Williams Jr. got things rolling with a free throw, followed by a dunk off his second throw’s rebound. The teams were going almost basket for basket. The Rainmen took a short lead, but a Tony Bennett three-pointer put Windsor back on top. Late in the quarter, Jamarcus Ellis hit a pair of baskets that had the Express up by six. When the buzzer sounded, Windsor walked into the break up 32-28.

Early in the second, Halifax got on the ball and tied the game. Seiya Ando added a pair of three-pointers for his Rainmen to build their lead. Chris Commons had his second big block of the game, but couldn’t do much with it as the visitors kept pushing. Halifax went up by 12 after Pedro Foster also hit a couple of three-point shots. Windsor was down 63-51 after two quarters.

The Express players stepped onto the court for the second half as B.o.B.’s “We Still in This” played through the speakers. They knew it was an uphill battle, and they were more than ready for it.

A third quarter surge for the Express had their blood pumping, and they weren’t going to let the win slip away. Despite going down by 15 early, the team recovered and began putting pressure on the Rainmen. It paid dividends as the Express slowly gained control and momentum. Windsor quickly cut the lead to seven. From the sideline, Chris Commons began firing up his team and the crowd. Soon, the coaches, the bench and the players on the court followed suit and the WFCU Centre erupted. In a turn of events, Windsor came within four, and then two, and Quinnel Brown tied. Moments later, Kirk Williams Jr. gave Windsor its lead. It was temporary as the Rainmen evened the game before the end of the quarter. The Express outscored Halifax 34-22 in the quarter, and finished it tied 85-85.

The Rainmen came out in the fourth and hit a quick three-point shot, but the Express couldn’t be bothered. Windsor tied it early, and regained the lead. The teams battled back and forth. Near the seven-minute mark, Williams Jr. stepped up for a massive and momentous three-pointer that extended his team’s lead to six. The crowd jumped to their feet once more, and never quieted. Following the three, the Express continued to build a small, but giant, lead. Halifax inched closer until Commons hit a three of his own. The Express were in the driver’s seat: drawing the Rainmen into fouls and capitalizing on second efforts. Windsor eventually got up by nine points and was hanging on with minutes to go. Though the Rainmen were able to come within four, the Express stopped them in their tracks. The train pulled away and the victory was in Windsor’s hands. The team fought and rallied to defeat Halifax 119-112 in Game Six.

Everything will be on the line Thursday, April 30th at 7pm at the WFCU Centre as both teams fight for glory one last time in Game Seven.

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