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Spread out Offense Paces Express to Game 1 Victory

April 15, 2015 - National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada) - Windsor Express News Release

(WINDSOR, ON) The Windsor Express struck first in the 2015 NBL Finals with a 113-104 win over the Halifax Rainmen in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

Chris Commons had a game high 33 points and also collected 6 rebounds in the win.

Windsor took an early 18-7 lead over the Rainmen, closing out the quarter up 28-22.

The lead expanded to as many as 15 early in the second quarter before Windsor ended the first half up 59-51.

Halifax was in foul trouble all night long, committing 25 fouls in the first half and opening the third quarter with four players possessing three fouls.

But the Rainmen fought through their troubles and eventually tied the game 69-69 in the third, before the Express pushed forward to regain the lead and finish the third up 80-77.

The final frame had a similar feel to it, with Windsor clutching onto a five point lead before Halifax once again tied the score, this time at 97-97.

But Windsor accellerated from there, taking advantage of an 8-0 run and holding the lead for good, to bring them one game closer to a second NBL Championship.

A scary moment in the fourth as Rainmen forward, Liam McMorrow came down awkwardly trying to grab a rebound and hit the court hard, eventually having to leave on a stretcher.

Tony Bennett helped Commons' effort with 25 points, while Quinnel Brown followed behind with 22.

Windsor hosts Game 2 of the NBL Finals on Friday, April 17th at 7:00pm at the WFCU Centre.

Tickets are available online at www.windsorexpress.ca and www.wfcu-centre.com, while they can be purchased by phone at 519-800-3665 and at the TekSavvy.com Box Office inside the WFCU Centre.

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