By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Facing elimination one more time, the Windsor Express dug down deep and pulled out the needed win over The Island Storm by a score of 107-88, last night at the WFCU Arena.
Darren Duncan, the 2014 WESPY male award winner in the basketball category, led the Express with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 assists. Duncan also picked up six rebounds in his 33 minutes of play.
Recent new father, Chris Commons, topped all Windsor shooters with 19 points and adding five boards. Not too far behind was Quinnel Brown, who scored 18 points, seven rebounds, and four steals and Stefan Bonneau with 17 points, nine boards, and six helpers.
Windsor received an additional outstanding performance from George Goode who shot 6-for-6, including three outside the arc, for 15 points in just 21 minutes.
The Island Storm led Windsor by four points at the 8-minute mark of the first quarter, but Windsor quickly took control of the game from that point forward. Even though the Storm out rebounded Windsor, the Express made the most of their initial attempts as they shot 43% in the first half, compared to just 25% by the visitors. In the second half both teams were essentially even from the floor.
Windsor out-scored The Island Storm in each of the first three quarters to take a commanding 24 point lead into the final fame, after leading by as much as 30. They gave the Storm five points in the 4th, but walked away with the necessary saving game, and forcing the deciding contest Thursday evening at home.
Tipoff time is 7:00 pm.