CHARLOTTETOWN - The Windsor Express survived a comeback attempt by the Island Storm Saturday night, claiming a 113-111 win to narrow the Storm lead in the National Basketball League of Canada finals to 3-2.
The Express effort to avoid elimination was bolstered by point guard Stefan Bonneau's 39 points, while Quinnel Brown's 16 points and 12 rebounds assisted Bonneau's performance.
Windsor jumped out to a 24-20 lead after the first quarter and expanded it 57-45 at halftime. A strong third quarter increased the Express leat to 85-66 heading into the final frame.
The Storm outscored the Express, 45-28, during the fouth quarter, nearly repeating the comeback performance from the previous match, but couldn't maintain quite enough pressure. The consolation was that the 45 points score was a frame record for the Storm.
Nick Okorie had a strong game for the Storm, scoring 31 points, while Antonio Ballard registered 21.
The contest attracted 3,002 fans at Eastlink Arena in Charlottetown, the best Storm crowd of the year and second best in Storm playoff history.
Game six will be played on Tuesday, April 15, at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. Storm fans can watch game six of the NBL Finals from Windsor by visiting the Storm website and following the links. Game time in Windsor is 8 pm (AST) this coming Tuesday Night.