Express Rally For Intense Win

Sunday February 22nd, 2015

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In what is safe to say to be one of the most dramatic endings in Express basketball history, Windsor narrowly escaped with a win. Two tired teams put on an excellent performance that literally came down to the last second Sunday afternoon. Quinnel Brown’s basket with seconds remaining put the Express up. Omar Strong rushed to hit a long three-pointer for the Power, but time had already run out. Windsor rallied to beat Mississauga 104-103 at the WFCU Centre.

Tony Bennett led the comeback for Windsor with 21 points and 7 assists. Close behind was Ryan Anderson, who put up 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Quinnel Brown had 15 points. Jamarcus Ellis, Chris Commons and Kirk Williams Jr. each scored 13 points.

Both teams played tough away matches the night before: Windsor in Brampton; Mississauga in Halifax.

Off to a quick start, the Mississauga Power were one step too quick for the Express. Eventually, Windsor got back into the game and took over. It was tough to keep the lead, but the Express were able to do so until the end of the quarter. Windsor was up 26-22 after one.

The Power tied the game early in the second, and before long, regained the lead with some three-pointers. Windsor tried to keep up the push forward, but the Mississauga defense was strong. A one-handed dunk from Quinnel Brown gave the Express life, but it didn’t do much for the deficit. Near the end of the quarter, after exchanging opportunities, Windsor had some last second efforts that just couldn’t fall through. With two quarters down, the visitors had a 52-50 lead.

Within the first few minutes, Windsor caught up to Mississauga and pressed for the lead. The team grabbed it, but only temporarily. After exchanging three-point shots, the Power got the better of the following chances to pick up the lead once more. The Express trailed 78-73 after three.

It was all Mississauga to start the fourth. The Express were clawing and fighting, though, and hung on to get within two. They closed in on the Power and made it a very tight game with minutes to play. The excitement really picked up in the last seconds of the game, where a one-point lead was all that separated the two teams. The Express forced a turnover, and Anderson sent the ball to Ellis, who in turn, passed to Brown. He drove to the net and laid it in with 3.5 seconds to go, giving his team a one-point lead. The Power speedily inbounded the ball and got it up the court to Omar Strong. He fired a long three and hit the shot, but not before the clock hit zero. The ball hadn’t left his hands before the buzzer sounded, therefore giving Windsor the win. The Express incredibly pulled off the 104-103 victory over the Mississauga Power.

Windsor is off until Saturday, February 28th when they play their last game of the regular season. The Express will be hosting the Brampton A’s at 7:00pm at the WFCU Centre.

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