Express Top Lightning In Seven (GALLERY)

Windsor Express celebrate as they battle the London Lightning in game seven of the NBL semi-finals, April 1, 2014.

The Windsor Express are heading to their first ever NBL Canada finals after a 110-95 Game 7 win over the London Lightning.

After a tight three quarters, the Express got up by as many as 19 in the fourth. Forward Chris Commons was held to just 12 points on the night, but is proud of the way his team rallied to win. “We came out of the third and coach said, ‘look, you guys are 12 minutes from the finals. What’s going to separate you from the finals is gutting up and defence.’ That’s all we wanted to do was play hard defence on London.”

Greg Surmacz of the Lightning says the game simply got away from them. “We just had some key turnovers when we tried to make our run — I believe it was six points (the difference in the score). We turned it over two or three times, they got some easy baskets, got some momentum going, then once they saw those easy baskets go in, they gained confidence.”

Windsor will now face the Island Storm from Charlottetown, PEI as early as this weekend. The WFCU Centre will be home to the first two games of the finals.