London Evens Series At 2


London coach Kyle Julius watches as Windsor’s Brandon Robinson protects the ball from Akeem Scott. London prevailed, tying the NBLC Divisional Finals at 2 games apiece.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – It is now a best-of-three as the London Lightning handed the Windsor Express a 111-108 loss at home Thursday night. The NBL of Canada divisional final series will now alternate between the cities along Highway 401 starting Saturday in London.

The Express looked to be in good standing as they enjoyed a 4-point margin after the 1st quarter. However, London fought back and served Windsor a 10-point loss in the 2nd frame to go into the break up by six, 51-45.


Kirk Williams Jr knocked down 24 points for Windsor, including this monster 2-handed jam late in the game.
Photo by John Skinner.

The Lightning struck twice, this time with another 10-point spread in the 3rd to put Windsor on the defensive. Throwing caution to the wind, it was a matter of too little, too late as the Express comeback fell short, allowing London to even the series at two games apiece.

Brandon Robinson and Kirk Williams Jr each led the Windsor attack with 24 points. Tony Bennett put up 17 points and 6 assists while the captain, Chris Commons, knocked down 17 with 7 boards, in the losing effort.

Windsor travels north Saturday to meet the Lightning in Game 5 at Budweiser Gardens. Both teams need two wins to seal the deal and earn a berth in the NBL of Canada Finals.


Express captain Chris Commons was his cool self as he drove the lane against London’s Stephen Maxwell.
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