By overcoming large deficit to win Game 1
SUMMERSIDE – The Windsor Express shocked the Summerside Storm and the 1,530 spectators at Eastlink Arena on Sunday afternoon.
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Members of the Summerside Storm and Windsor Express go for a rebound during Sunday afternoon’s National Basketball League of Canada playoff game in Summerside. The Express won 114-112.
The Express, who once trailed by 28 points in the second quarter, defeated the Storm 114-112 in the opening game of the best-of-five semifinal series in the National Basketball League of Canada.
The Storm led by 23 points, 70-47, at halftime, but the Express outscored their hosts 34-20 in the third quarter and 33-22 in the final 12-minute period.
A key factor in the game’s outcome was the Storm’s performance at the free-throw line, where they missed a total of 20 shots, including 11 in the second half.
With 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation time and the score tied 112-112, DeAndre Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed lay-up and scored what proved to be the game-winning basket.
The Storm got the ball back with 1.5 seconds left, and Brandon Robinson’s inbounding pass appeared to go off the foot or leg of the Windsor defender and time expired. The Storm argued it was a kick ball, but the officials ruled otherwise.
See complete story in Monday’s Journal Pioneer.