Live To Fight Another Day


Jamarcus Ellis closely presses Ashton Smith deep in the Brampton zone. The Windsor Express took the game to the A’s, forcing a Game 6 by winning 123-112 Tuesday night.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Matt Dumouchelle

(WINDSOR, ON) – Home court advantage struck again, as the Windsor Express forced a Game 6 of the NBL Central Conference Finals with a 123-112 victory over the Brampton A’s, Tuesday night. With the win, the Express closed the gap in the series, narrowing Brampton’s lead to three-games-to-two.

Brampton pulled out the strong start last night, taking a 27-17 lead after 12 minutes and hung on to a 51-47 advantage at halftime.


Two big dunks by Kirk Williams Jr in the 4th quarter helped to break the advance by Brampton and allowed Windsor to hang on for the win.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The depth of the Express line-up showed it’s worth in the third when Kirk Williams Jr chipped in seven of his 16 points, helping Windsor overtake the A’s 39-33 in the frame. They possessed an 86-84 lead heading into the final quarter.

Jamarcus Ellis also posted six of his 10 for the game in the 3rd.

It’s also when Chris Commons took over, scoring 15 points in the fourth, part of his 26 for the game and, at one point, dropping eight straight Express points in nearly two minutes of play.


Chris Commons scored 15 points in the 4th quarter to lead Windsor to a 123-112 Game 5 win over Brampton. The Express will now travel up the 401 for a Friday meeting with the A’s in Orangeville.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor turned a 2-point advantage into a lead as high as 13 and cruised through the later half of the quarter to clinch the victory.

Quinnel Brown led the Express in scoring with a game high 29 points.


With a game-high 29 points, Quinnel Brown led all shooters Tuesday evening in Windsor. Brown will have to continue his break-neck pace on the road if the Express hope to return to play in a Game 7.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Game 6 returns to the Athlete Institute in Orangeville on April 10. The Express are organizing a fan bus to Game 6 with tickets just $35 each, including entrance into the game. You must book by April 9 to confirm your seat.

Email the Express to make arrangements or for more information.


DeAndre Thomas and the Windsor Express regained their old tenacity and ran over the Brampton A’s at the WFCU Arena on Tuesday evening.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

If necessary, Game 7 is at the WFCU Centre in Windsor April 12 at 2:00 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