Ballard, Storm Too Strong For Express In Game 3

Thursday April 10th, 2014

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Hurricane winds, pouring rain, three-pointers and heavy offense. The storm is surging on. The Windsor Express fought through what they could in P.E.I., but they couldn’t have predicted that the Island’s stormy forecast. Antonio Ballard scored 35 points as the Storm derailed the Express with rebounds, free throws, and three-point shots. Windsor suffered a drastic 129-104 loss to the Island Wednesday night.


DeAndre Thomas led the scoring for Windsor with 26 points. Chris Commons netted 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Quinnel Brown and Stefan Bonneau each put up 16 points for the Express.

It was a back and forth battle from the get-go. Trying to capture the lead, both teams exchanged numerous three-point shots. They took turns holding a one-point advantage over the other. The Express rolled away on top by one after the first quarter.

Shortly into the second, the Storm settled in P.E.I. They built a lead with steals and foul shots, going up by 14 points, and then eventually a massive 20 points by the end of the half. The Express were outscored a major 36-15, and were down 68-48 at halftime.

Antonio Ballard continued to make his mark, scoring 21 points in the first half.

Despite a rough start, Windsor was now fighting back in the second, pulling to within 10 and forcing an Island timeout. The break benefitted the Storm as they got onto the court and raised their defensive wall once more. Contrarily, Windsor’s defensive wall was slowly crumbling as the team couldn’t stop the Storm. Thanks in part to its guards, the Island was up by a large 17 points with one quarter to go.

In the third, Stefan Bonneau landed awkwardly and held his leg getting up.

The Express were getting caught in vulnerable positions and forced to foul. The Storm held up a solid defense, and at the other end, kept up their three-pointers – those shots were made all the way to the end of the game. The Express crashed hard, and the Storm won 129-104.

The Island now has a 2-1 series lead over Windsor.

Game 4 is Friday night at 6pm ET in P.E.I.

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