Windsor Comes Home Down 3-2
(HALIFAX, NS) History has a way of repeating itself.
For the Windsor Express, they hope that saying is true once again.
The Express will need home wins in Game 6 and 7 to clinch their second straight championship after a 125-91 loss at the hands of the Halifax Rainmen in Game 5 this afternoon.
Windsor was behing for the majority of the contest, giving up the final five points of the first quarter to see Halifax lead 30-25 after one.
Halifax paced the play in the second quarter as well, closing out the half with a 14 point lead, up 59-46 on Windsor, who shot only 26.8% in the first half.
The Rainmen had to do the bulk of their damage in the first half without key players Kevin Young and Liam McMorrow, who were called with four fouls each very early in the contest.
Young only played 6:52 in the first half, while McMorrow played 4:01 with neither player registering a point in the first 24 minutes,
The Express couldn't gain much ground in the third, equalling Halifax's total with a 25-25 frame, but never bringing the score closer than 6 points.
But the fourth quarter was a nightmare, with Windsor being outscored 41-21 to turn a tight game into a blowout in the final minutes and the Rainmen using a 25-11 burst in the middle of the quarter to put themselves within one win of their first NBL Championship in franchise history.
The Express closed the game shooting 33.8% from the field and again struggling behind the three point line, making only 4 of 27 attempts beyond the arc.
For the second straight game, Kirk Williams Jr led the team in scoring, this time with 20 points, Tony Bennett had 18.
Ryan Anderson owned the boards with a game high 15 rebounds.
Windsor returns home for Game 6 of the NBL Finals on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00pm in the same position they were in last season, down 3-2 before coming back to win both games at the WFCU Centre to claim the NBL Championship.
Tickets for Game 6 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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