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Express Blow Past Lightning To Tie Series

Monday March 24th, 2014, 1:45pm


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If one thing is clear, it’s that the Express can flash faster than lightning. Last Thursday, Windsor beat London in Game 3. Sunday, it continued its momentum, and evened the series. The Express stayed with the Lightning all game and were able to take control. Windsor earned a hard-fought 113-106 win in London. 

A fan bus brought 56 cheering Express fans with their tambourines, bells, horns and other noise-makers to Budweiser Gardens in London. Others made the drive up for the game. They were all hot and hyper right from the hop, starting a “Let’s Go Windsor” chant immediately after the national anthem. Whether on offense or defense, the Windsor section roared for its players. The Express coaches and players applauded and pointed to their crowd in the final seconds of the game.

Each of Windsor’s starters finished with 16 or more points. Papa Oppong had a great game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Quinnel Brown also scored 16 points, and he had 9 rebounds. DeAndre Thomas netted 17 points. Chris Commons and Darren Duncan led the team, each putting up 26 points.

Stefan Bonneau was a game-time decision, but it was determined that he was not ready to join his team on the court.

A mostly evenly matched opening quarter had both teams battling for the lead. It went back and forth but the Lightning came out on top after the first.

Express pressure in the second pushed them past the Lightning. Big plays by both the offensive and defensive squads were key elements in taking over. At the half, Windsor was up 53-52.

In the third, much like the rest of the game, the points were exchanged basket by basket. However, the Express once more pushed the pace of the game. At one time, Chris Commons was sent down the court for a slam that forced the Lightning into a timeout. Windsor was up by two after three quarters.

With one quarter to play, either team played hard for the upper hand. But the Express were ready. From the beginning of the final frame, they were steaming and speeding. Again, they forced London into a timeout. They could not even be derailed after a Lightning alley-oop. They simply played their game and built an impressive 9-point lead over a tough Lightning team. Windsor was on a mission that London couldn’t contend. At the buzzer, Windsor had tied the series at two by beating London 113-106.

Game 5 is set for Wednesday, March 26th at 7:05pm at the WFCU Centre.

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