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Summerside Storms Through Windsor To Take Series Lead

Friday March 29th, 2013, 8:29am


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One step forward, two steps back. As if, whatever Windsor did, Summerside followed and did better. The Storm generated strong winds of offense and a rainfall of points against Windsor. They just could not be weathered, and the Express were derailed in a 112-84 loss. Summerside has now handed Windsor back-to-back losses to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Darren Duncan scored 14 points for Windsor and had 11 assists. Chris Commons had 13 points while Greg Surmacz had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Helms and Stefan Bonneau each had 10 points

Windsor started game 3 with vigor. Chris Commons slammed the ball to open the scoring. However, the Storm caught up with the Express and soon passed them. Windsor would have only been down by six after one, but a late 3-pointer put the Storm up by nine. Kevin Loiselle headed off court early in the half after falling awkwardly on his hand (he returned to the bench later in the game, but did not play). In the second quarter, to add insult to injury, the Storm set up a couple of alley-oops off the backboard. Summerside took their lead and ran with it. Non-stop offense built a 63-36 advantage after two quarters.

At this juncture, Windsor was shooting 27% while Summerside was shooting 51%.

Similar to the first and second quarters, the third was dominated by Summerside. The Storm had themselves a 33-point lead at one time. The same story was told in the final quarter. Though Windsor had brought their deficit to 22 points, the closest the Express ever got, the lead was insurmountable. Summerside handed Windsor its second straight loss 112-84.

“We practiced well, we warmed up well,” assistant coach Lex Page said after the game. “This was the game to win because we don’t want to go back up there.” Page also mentioned that the players grew more and more frustrated as the game progressed.

The silver lining in the black cloud that hovers over Windsor is the crowd. Thursday night, the over 1100 fans were behind their team until the end. DJ Thor commented that, from court side, he could hear that the sections behind him were heavily into the game.

Page replied, “Now all we’ve got to do is get into it ourselves.”

The Express hope to get back into it Saturday night when the Storm return to the WFCU Centre for game 4. Tip-off is at 7pm.

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