(WINDSOR, ON) – With a single regular season game remaining, the Windsor Express have solidified their hold on 2nd place in the NBL Central Division with a 102-96 win over the Halifax Hurricanes. And in a pre-cursor to the 1st round of the playoffs, Windsor traveled to Kitchener and punched out a 103-97 win over the Titans.
Riding a 3-game winning streak, the Express finished a distant 13 games behind the 1st place London Lightning. Conversely, Windsor completed the season 4 games ahead of Kitchener-Waterloo, their 1st round opponent starting May 5.
Despite the close over-all finish, Windsor is heavily favoured in the matchup against the Titans. In seven meetings this year, the Express held a 6-1 advantage including a current 4-game winning streak vs Kitchener.
The visitors for the opening two games, Kitchener is ranked No. 1 in the league in both 3-point defense and in shooting from the penalty stripe. Windsor, on the other hand, is ranked 1st in the NBL in three categories, including blocks per game, total blocks, and shooting from outside the arc.
Additionally, Maurice Jones and Juan Pattillo hold multiple league bests. Jones ranks first in total assists, assists per game, and total steals, while Pattillo is the best rebounder in the NBL, taking top spot for both most defensive rebounds per game and total rebounds per game.
The first round tips off May 5 at the Atlas Tube Centre in Lakeshore, at 7:00pm. Game 2 is an afternoon affair on May 7, beginning at 2:00pm. The best-of-5 series will then switch to the Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener for Game 3, May 10. If necessary Game 4 will be played May 12 in Kitchener before reverting to Lakeshore for a deciding Game 5 on May 14.
In other matchups, London opens their first round series by hosting the Orangeville A’s, on May 4, while in the East Halifax hosts Moncton and Saint John welcomes the Island Storm.