Must Win For Express

Last minute strategizing for Windsor couldn't overcome a London 40-point 4th quarter.Photo by John Skinner.

Last minute strategizing for Windsor couldn’t overcome a London 40-point 4th quarter.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Billy Rush (10) picked up 3 assists in 14 minutes off the bench for Windsor.Photo by John Skinner.

Billy Rush (10) picked up 3 assists in 14 minutes off the bench for Windsor.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Sherron Collins (4) takes the low road to the hoop against London in Game 5 of the NBLC West Division Finals.Photo by John Skinner.

Sherron Collins (4) takes the low road to the hoop against London in Game 5 of the NBLC West Division Finals.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Express head coach Bill Jones takes exception to a call on the court.Photo by John Skinner.

Express head coach Bill Jones takes exception to a call on the court.
Photo by John Skinner.

Kirk Williams Jr (32) scored 19 points and 4 rebounds against London in Game 5.Photo by John Skinner.

Kirk Williams Jr (32) scored 19 points and 4 rebounds against London in Game 5.
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