By Ian Shalapata
(LONDON, ON) – Despite leaving the starting gate slowly, the Windsor Express turned it around in the middle quarters in Game 5 of the NBL Canada Western Division Finals against London, on Saturday night. However, the comeback against the regular season leaders didn’t last as the Lightning fought back for a 108-98 win and 3-2 series lead.
London jumped into the 1st quarter advantage, doubling Windsor 28-14 by the end of 12 minutes. The Express, though, put up 28 of their own points in the 2nd quarter and drew within a trey of London by half time.
Windsor continued the out-perform the Lightning in the 3rd frame and managed to build up their own three-point lead heading into the fourth. However, defense was forsaken as London knocked down 40 points to the delight of the sold out crowd.
The surprise performer for Windsor on the night was North Carolina State grad Alex Johnson coming off the bench. The guard led Express scorers with 29 points on 55.6% shooting. Johnson also had 5 helpers and 4 boards.
Kirk Williams Jr contributed 19 points and Tony Bennett 16 in the losing effort. High roller Brandon Robinson had an off night with just 13 points and shooting 3-for-11 from the floor.
London is now in the driver’s seat, needing just one more win to secure their spot in the NBLC finals against the Halifax Hurricanes. Windsor will do all they can to earn the series victory for a chance to three-peat as league champions.
Game 6 will be played this Friday evening in Windsor. Tip-off is at 7:30pm. Email The Square for your chance to win tickets and to cheer on the Express.