The Windsor Express arrived for their lone visit to P.E.I. and left with a 113-105 overtime win over the Island Storm.
Akeem Ellis started the game hot and hit two three pointers within the opening four minutes to give the Storm an early lead.
Despite some lead changes back and forth, Tirrell Baines and Jahii Carson helped close the quarter with six points apiece and the Storm led 27-23 at the end of the first quarter.
They continued to expand their lead in the second thanks to an offensive explosion by Al Richter, who scored nine points in the quarter on limited minutes. The Storm went into halftime with a 50-37 lead.
The third quarter saw more of the same, as the Storm extended their lead to 76-62 headed into the fourth quarter, with five players reaching double digits in scoring. Ellis and Terry Thomas led the way with 13 points each.
Windsor finally cracked the Storm defence late in the fourth. A huge offensive spurt tied the game, and then the Express took a 93-90 lead with less than a minute remaining.
With 40 seconds left, Richter hit a huge three pointer that tied it up 93-93.
A pair of free throws from both teams put the score equal at 95-95 at the end of regulation. The game headed into overtime.
Ellis finished the game just as he started it: hot. He scored eight points in overtime and finished the contest with a team-high 23 total points. Despite his best efforts, Windsor outlasted the Storm and won the game 113-105.
The Island Storm are back at home Friday night (March 31) to face another central division foe in the Orangeville A’s. Tipoff at 7p.m.