Crazy End To Game 1

NBLC Central Conference Finals WFCU Arena

Quinnel Brown led the Express with 24 points and 5 assists. The Windsor forward also pulled down 8 rebounds and had 2 blocks, including a late game rejection that helped keep Windsor’s momentum going forward.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

NBLC Central Conference Finals WFCU Arena

Chris Commons readies himself at the line late in the 2nd half. Commons was 6-for-8 from the charity stripe en route to 23 points on the night.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

NBLC Central Conference Finals WFCU Arena

Johnson Bryson (13) attempts to slow down Windsor’s Ryan Anderson. No. 44 scored 12 points for the Express and led the team in rebounding with 13.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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.

NBLC Central Conference Finals WFCU Arena

Guard Tony Bennett scored just 7 points in 38 minutes, but he directed the Windsor attack by dishing for 13 assists. Bennett and the Express will be back on the hardwood, for Game 2 of the Conference Finals, Saturday evening at 7:00 pm.

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.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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