No Love Between Windsor, Brampton

DeAndre Thomas (2), Thomas Granado (32), Ryan Anderson (44), and Bryson Johnson (13) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

DeAndre Thomas (2), Thomas Granado (32), Ryan Anderson (44), and Bryson Johnson (13) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express recovered themselves in game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals as they were firing on all cylinders and ran to a 48-28 record setting 1st quarter lead. By the end of the night, Windsor staked a 105-93 victory at home.

Windsor went on a 16-4 run as guard Tony Bennett instigated the the 1st quarter scoring spree, hitting 5-for-5 from downtown and pacing the team with 20 points. By game’s end, Bennett dropped 22 points and registered 5 assists to help even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Quinnel Brown (15), Ashton Smith (10), and Theo Davis (34) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Quinnel Brown (15), Ashton Smith (10), and Theo Davis (34) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Express were led by a spirited performance by forward Quinnel Brown. The pride of Chicago had a game high 34 points and pulled down 13 boards for one the game’s two double-doubles. Brown hit on 11-of-19 from the floor and was 10-for-11 from the penalty stripe.

After shooting out the lights in the 1st quarter, Windsor seemed to be out of ammo in the 2nd frame, putting up just 11 points and having their lead cut to just 10 points, 59-49.

Tony Bennett (12) and Cavell Johnson (24) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Tony Bennett (12) and Cavell Johnson (24) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Expressed out rebounded the A’s in the offensive zone, 26-17, and turned the second chances into points at an rate of 19-13. Windsor and Brampton were separated by just one turnover, 15-16, but the Express took advantage their opportunities, out-scoring the A’s 17-11.

Ryan Anderson had 2 steals for the Express. He also recorded Windsor’s second double-double by grabbing 11 boards and scoring 25 points on 40% shooting from behind the arc.

Windsor maintained their lead after the half, ending the 3rd quarter up by 11, 88-77, but the frustration was evident on the floor. Chris Commons and Marques Oliver were assessed off-setting technical fouls for carrying on a conversation despite the referee’s warning.

Chris Commons (24) and Marques Oliver (21) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chris Commons (24) and Marques Oliver (21) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In another confrontation, Brown and Akeem Scott battled each other with no quarter given by either player. And Zane Johnson did his best, before fouling out, to prevent Kevin Loiselle and Anderson from strategizing during a break in play.

The action didn’t end at the buzzer. For the second game in a row, the A’s were involved with Express fans, each side complaining of the other striking first.

It will make for an interesting game 5 when the teams return to Windsor on April 7. Before then, two will be played on Brampton’s home turf with game 3 scheduled, for April 1 at 7:00 pm, at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville.

Flenard Whitfield (31) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A's at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Flenard Whitfield (31) during Game 2 of the NBLC Central Conference Finals between the Windsor Express and Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena in Windsor, on 28 03 2015. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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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