(LONDON, ON) – The series expected to product the NBL of Canada’s next championship winner got underway in London last night as the Windsor Express eked out a 100-98 win over the Lightning. The affair was all but a defensive battle as both teams demonstrated why they are competing for top honours in the league.
The Lightning held a 5-point lead after the first 12 minutes by running to a 29-24 margin to open the game. The Express fought back in the 2nd quarter to overcome the deficit and go to the halftime break with a tentative 50-49 advantage.
Windsor took advantage of a complete London breakdown in the 3rd stanza when the sharpshooters opened up a 14-point gap over London. However, the Lightning woke up and scratched their way back into the contest, but missing at the final buzzer send the game into overtime.
Brandon Robinson was outstanding as he put up a game-high 32 points to lead the way for Windsor. Maurice Bolden contributed 22 points and 8 boards while Tony Bennett and Shaquille Keith added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Bolden also had the hot hand on defense as he recorded 4 steals and a block while protecting the backcourt.
The teams will met for Game 2 of their best-of-seven Divisional Finals on May 15 in London. The series will shift to Windsor for Games 3 and 4 starting May 17 at 7:30pm.
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