(SUMMERSIDE, PE) – Windsor’s DeAndre Thomas scored the game-winning basket with two seconds remaining in the game, and Darren Duncan scored a triple-double in a 114-112 Windsor Express win over the Summerside Storm, at Credit Union Place, in the opening game of their National Basketball League of Canada semi-final series, yesterday.
In a wild game that saw the Express battle back from a 23-point deficit at halftime, Duncan showed the leadership and skill set that propelled Windsor from seventh to third place in the NBL Canada standings, during the latter part of the regular season. Duncan hit what the Summerside termed a "cold-blooded" three-pointer to tie the game at 110 in the final minute, and then hit two free-throws with 30 seconds remaining to tie it again at 112. The Thomas game-winner completed the comeback.
The Storm scored in bunches in the opening half and were up 70-47 at halftime before the Express resurgence. Seven players scored in double-figures for the home team, led by Omari Johnson’s 19 points.
Five Express players scored in double digits in the franchise’s first playoff appearance. Eddie Smith scored 19 points coming off of the bench, and Greg Surmacz had a double-double, scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Game two of the semi-final series is back at Credit Union Place in Summerside on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm AST.
Game three, and four (if necessary), are at the WFCU Centre on March 28 and 30. Both games will tip at 7pm EST.