(MISSISSAUGA, ON) – The Windsor Express are back in the Central Conference Finals after a 107-102 victory in Mississauga on Tuesday night, winning the series 3 games to 1. Three Windsor players scored 20+ points as the Express finally shook the pesky Power off their backs and advanced to the next round.
The game had many hills and valleys for Windsor, who jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the opening quarter, but saw their leads vanish three separate times. Mississauga closed out the quarter leading 30-27.
Windsor took the lead back at the half way mark of the 2nd quarter and built up a lead that peaked at 19 points, before settling for a 58-45 advantage at the break. The Power scored four points in the final 9 seconds of the half to close the gap to 13.
It didn’t take long for the Power to erase that deficit in the third and take a lead of their own, jumping out on a 16-2 run to start the second half, and grab a 61-60 advantage. The game swayed back and forth throughout the third until Windsor’s 11-0 run lifted them to an 81-71 lead after three.
Mississauga, however, would not go away and, with a last gasp, pulled out a 15-3 push, tying the game at 100 each, as Omar Strong dropped a three pointer with 1:05 left in the contest.
The next two plays were crucial, as Windsor’s Chris Commons slid home a layup followed up by a Ryan Anderson steal and dunk. They put the Express ahead by four and sealed the victory.
Commons led Windsor with 28 points, while Quinnel Brown had 26, scoring eight straight points for the Express in the third, and Tony Bennett added 22 points of his own.
Windsor’s victory means they will face the winner of Saturday’s winner-take-all Game 5 between the Brampton A’s and the London Lightning.
Game 1 and Game 2 of the conference finals will be played at the WFCU Arena on Thursday, March 26 and Saturday, March 28, respectively. Both games will start at 7:00 pm.