(BELLE RIVER, ON) – It comes down to how much the Windsor Express want to extend their season. After dropping the first two games by a single point to the London Lightning, game 3 was lost by a 25-point margin. By 10:00pm this evening, Express players could be heading their separate ways.
That is unless they come together to stave off a London sweep of the best-of-five Central Division finals.
To do so, their team-high scorer needs more than just 20 points, as Logan Stutz achieved in game 3. The fans will be looking to Juan Pattillo to up his output tonight, and to better his 8 points in 30 minutes. Defensively, Pattillo was cleaning the boards, but only had help in those duties from Shaquille Keith. Stutz, Wally Ellenson, and returnee Nick Evans need to step up in the paint.
League assist leader Maurice Jones dished off 9 Thursday night and added 13 points. One of the real consistent performances from the Express. One has to wonder, however, if DeAndre Thomas’ knee is acting up after he played less than 10 minutes and contributed just 1 rebound and 1 points, but 3 personal fouls.
Tony Bennett and Darren Duncan combined for 23 points and 9 assists the other night, but that was simply average from the two usually stalwart guards. However, the pair dropped just 5-for-18 from outside resulting in 13 trips up-court with no resulting points.
The Express went to the penalty stripe just 23 times Thursday compared to 31 by London. It speaks to a hesitancy by Windsor drive the basket and draw the foul, shooting more from outside, and leaving points at the rim.
Game 4 goes tonight at the Atlas Tube Centre in Belle River. All will need to be onboard to earn a trip back to London. Tipoff is at 7:00.