Express Win Away From Finals (Gallery)
The Windsor Express need just one more win to reach their first NBL Canada championship series after a dominating performance over the London Lightning at the WFCU Centre. The Express pulled off a 108-91 victory in Game 5 of the conference final, taking a 3-2 series lead in front of 1,702 fans.
“We relinquished our home court [advantage] with a tough London team that played a tough five game series and they were ready and I got to admit we were rusty,” says Bill Jones, Express head coach saying his team is now firing on all cylinders. “So after getting those first two games out and playing at this level of basketball, the best team in the league showed up.”
“They were on top of everything,” says Jermaine Johnson, a forward for the London Lightning. “They just came out and they were just shooting those threes and they were just knocking them down and making them and we couldn’t stop them from making those threes so we made adjustments kind of late and they were too far ahead by then.”
Express centre DeAndre Thomas finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Player of the Game honours. Express guard Stefan Bonneau came off the bench to score 21 points while Lightning guard Tony Bennett finished with a game-high 23 points and added 8 assists.
Game 6 goes Saturday at Budweiser Gardens in London. Tip-off is 7pm.