(WINDSOR, ON) – After a much too long break after winning the Central Conference semi-finals, the Windsor Express narrowly lost game 1 of the finals to Brampton, 99-97, at the WFCU Arena last night. While trailing from the start, sometimes by as much as 16, the Express came alive in the 4th quarter and pushed the A’s right down to the wire.
In a game where Windsor was constantly playing catch-up, they battled for every point they scored. The Express doubled Brampton in the paint, 44-22, and converted turnovers by a 12-2 margin. On the other side of the coin, the A’s out rebounded Windsor 48-39, and converted their second chances for 8 points, while the Express dropped just 2.
However, the major difference in the game was Brampton’s ability to drop their shots from downtown.
Windsor connected on just 7 of 28 attempts from beyond the arc. Conversely, Brampton rained treys 13 of 42 chances, for an 18 point spread. Windsor’s inability to react quickly when Brampton kicked the ball outside allowed the A’s clear looks at the bucket.
Brampton led by as much as 7 in the 1st quarter, but settle for a 19-16 lead at the buzzer. They then went on a 9-point run in the 2nd frame, building their lead to 10 points and going into the dressing room with the 45-38 advantage.
Windsor didn’t fare much better in the 3rd quarter, falling further behind by a 77-63 score.
The Express then fed more coal on the fire in the 4th. More precisely, Windsor built steam in second have of the period.
Trailing by 11 going into the final six minutes, Windsor out-scored Brampton 19-10, falling short by just 2 points. With time running down, and Windsor pressing, Tony Bennett fired the ball out to Quinnel Brown, who took one step back and put up a three-point attempt.
Brown’s shot missed, but he was fouled on the play. With no time left on the clock, and trailing by three, Brown went to the line to try to force overtime. His first free throw swished to bring Windsor within two, but his second attempt rimmed out, ending the game with a loss.
Game 2 with be back at the WFCU Arena this Saturday at 7:00 pm.