Windsor Falls After Stunning Finish to Game 1
(WINDSOR, ON) In one of the strangest finishes you'll see, Quinnel Brown missed the second of three free throws with no time on the clock as the Windsor Express fell 99-97 to the Brampton A's in Game 1 of the NBL Central Conference Finals on Thursday night.
Windsor trailed 89-76 with 6:33 left in the game before posting a furious 20-8 run, bringing the game to within one with thirteen seconds to go.
A quick foul brought Brampton's Akeem Scott to the line, where he made both free throws with 8.6 left on the clock.
At the buzzer, Quinnel Brown's three pointer missed, but a foul was called on the play, bringing him to the line to shoot three free throws and potentially send the game into overtime.
Brown nailed the first one, but the second rimmed out, dropping Windsor down 1-0 in the series.
The Express had a hard time keeping up with an up-tempo A's team in the first half, trailing 19-16 after the first quarter and 45-38 at halftime.
Brampton came out in the third quarter and doubled their lead to 14 with a 77-63 advantage heading into the final frame.
Windsor stormed back in the fourth, outscoring Brampton 34-22, but came up just short.
Brown led the team with 24 points, Chris Commons was close behind at 23.
Ryan Anderson posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Brampton's Bryson Johnson paced their offense with 22 points of his own.
The A's lead the best of seven series, 1-0, with Game 2 back at the WFCU Centre on Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm.
Individual playoff tickets are available at www.windsorexpress.ca or by phone at 519-800-3665. You may also purchase tickets at the TekSavvy Box Office inside the WFCU Centre and on their website, www-wfcu-centre.com .
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