(WINDSOR, ON) – In a relatively defensive affair, the Windsor Express last night wrestled away Game 1 of the opening round in the NBL Canada playoffs with a convincing 95-80 victory over the Niagara River Lions. The Express will try to extend their grasp on the best-of-five semi-finals at home tomorrow night.
Leading the way for Windsor was forward Brandon Robinson who knocked down a game-high 27 points as the team played catch-up after the first period. Robinson also swiped the glass for 10 rebounds for the game’s only double-double.
The always dangerous Kirk Williams Jr added 15 points while Shaquille Keith put up 13, coming off the bench for Windsor. Also scoring in the double digits were Billy Rush and Chris Commons who contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Rush made 4 steals to stymie the Niagara offense.
Point guard Tony Bennett was the driving force on offense for the Express. The 6’ 1” native of Chicago dished off 10 helpers to direct the Windsor attack.
After falling behind by a single point after 12 minutes, Windsor rebounded to lead at the half 42-29. The home side increased their lead in the 3rd quarter to 17 points, but fell back to lead by just 9 heading into the 4th quarter.
Windsor regained their composure in the final frame, out-scoring the Lions 29-23 to solidify the victory.
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