Series Lead Shifts To Windsor


Nick Okorie (9) shows his pain with having to defend against the always dangerous Tony Bennett. The Windsor point guard dropped 21 points and 9 assists against London in Game 3 Tuesday evening in Windsor.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express rebounded after dropping Game 2 in London to gain the upper hand in the best-of-seven divisional finals against the Lightning. In an extremely tight pairing, the Express eased through at the end to nudge London 107-99 to go up 2-1 in the series.

The visitors led by a single point after the first 12 minutes, but Windsor drew even and then took a 2-point lead to the locker room at half time. The Express then extended their lead by four more points be the end of the 3rd quarter and then held on in the face of a determined London team down the stretch.


Windsor’s Brandon Robinson is pleading his case for playoff MVP. Robinson’s bid included another high calibre offense with a game high 32 points.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Lightning dominated almost all the offensive stats except scoring percentage. Windsor dropped field goals at 56.8%, hitting more of fewer attempts. The Express complete 42 of 74 from the floor while London knocked back just 35 of 84 in the face of Windsor’s defense. The potential 14 points proved to be the difference in the outcome.


Kirk Williams Jr displayed a defensive skill set in Game 3 as he earned a block, a steak, 2 assists, and 3 defensive rebounds.
Photo by John Skinner.

Windsor spread the scoring around, getting double digit points from six different players. Leading the way for the Express was Brandon Robinson. He’s making a bid for Playoff MVP this year with his consistently high calibre play. Robinson continued the campaign by putting up a game high 32 points.

Chris Commons also had a hot hand, grabbing a double-double with 19 points and 13 boards, while adding 2 blocks and a steal.

The always dangerous Tony Bennett contributed 21 points and 9 helpers in a full speed forward offense. Meanwhile Shaquille Keith, Sherron Collins, and Billy Rush rounded out the scoring with 11, 11, and 10 points respectively. Collins also dished 7 assists in the winning effort.

The teams will go at it in Game 4 in Windsor on May 19 at 7:30pm. Email The Square for your chance to win tickets to see pro playoff basketball.


All smiles on the Windsor bench as the Express take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five divisional final series against the London Lightning.
Photo by John Skinner.


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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