Express’ Comeback Spoiled

Sunday March 1st, 2015

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Looking for a bit of momentum heading into the first round of the playoffs is important. Despite being without key components Saturday night in Windsor, the Express put up a fight against the Brampton A’s. the visitors built themselves a lead that was too great, and the Express succumbed to it. Windsor failed to rally back and fell 112-99 to Brampton.

Ryan Anderson netted 21 points for Windsor, while grabbing 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Kirk Williams Jr. had himself 16 points, and Jamarcus Ellis scored 15 points.

Tony Bennett and Quinnel Brown were inactive in the loss.

Windsor was off to a good start in its final game of the regular season. it would only last so long, though, as Brampton stayed close. The teams went back and forth for most of the quarter, matching basket for basket, point for point. In the final second, Ryan Anderson hit a long three-pointer from a little inside the half-court line to put the Express up 23-19 at the end of the first.

With the second underway, the Express were overpowered by the A’s early. Gary Gibson sank back-to-back three point shots for Windsor, but Brampton stayed on top with threes of its own. Those long shots were stinging the Express. Despite scoring down low, they couldn’t keep up with Brampton’s outside shooting. Kevin Loiselle closed out the quarter with a slick jumping hook shot. The A’s finished the first half up 58-48.

Control was in Brampton’s favour for much of the third quarter, putting Windsor in a deeper hole. At one point, consistent offense from the visitors earned them an 18-point lead. Brampton built a giant lead, and maintained it to the end of the third quarter. The A’s led 89-71 with a quarter to go.

An astonishing comeback made for an eventful last quarter. While the A’s continued to be all over the Express, Windsor didn’t sit back. They ended up cutting the lead to 12, and then went to work. Like he did for much of the season, Anderson took the game into his own hands – literally. He landed some timely three-pointers, and had multiple steals to bring his team within 8. Things then began to slow down for the Express. They weren’t able to capitalize on rebounds, whereas the A’s were. As the minutes ticked away, Brampton would add a point or two at a time to its lead. There was just not enough time for Windsor. The Express came up short against the A’s 112-99.

The game concluded the 2014-2015 regular season for the Express. They are set to take on the Mississauga Power in the first round, with Game 1 on Saturday, March 7th at 7:00pm.

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