By Matt Dumouchelle
(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express opened the 2015 NBL Playoffs in championship form as they blasted the Mississauga Power 107-89, in Game 1 of the Central Conference semi-finals.
The Express pounced ahead 24-8 in the opening quarter, wrapping it up with a 26-19 lead through twelve minutes. The lead ballooned to 21 with 2:13 to go in the first half, as Windsor’s advantage sat at 51-35 through two quarters.
Chris Commons had 15 of his 19 points in the first half, adding six rebounds in the process.
Mississauga made their charge in the third, erasing the Express lead, thanks to three straight treys from Jordan Weidner to tie the game at 55-55. Windsor responded with a 22-10 run of their own, ending three quarters up 77-65.
The fourth quarter was carried by the Express again, pushing their lead to a game high 23 points, on their way to taking a 1-0 lead in this best of five series.
Ryan Anderson dropped a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Tony Bennett added a double-double of his own, recording 10 points and 13 assists.
Windsor looks for a stranglehold on the series on Tuesday, when they host Game 2 of the semi-final at 7:00 pm at the WFCU Centre.