Central Division Round 1 Game 3 Express 105 Titans 104
May 10, 2017
KW Titans Media
Flen Whitfield scored a team-high 22 points and 8 rebounds as the KW Titans fell short to the Windsor Express 105-104 on Wednesday night in Kitchener. With the win, the Express complete a 3-0 sweep in their first round playoff matchup with the Titans, and will take on the London Lightning in the Central division Finals.
After allowing the Express to score 40 points in the 1st quarter of game 2, the Titans kept the score much more manageable in this one, with Windsor leading 25-22 after the opening frame.
Windsor opened the 2nd quarter on a 9-0 run helping them to increase their lead to double digits, and led by as many as 15 halfway through the quarter. The Titans then went on a mini 6-0 run, and trailed by just 10 points at the break.
After the Express scored the first 3 points of the 2nd half, the Titans responded with a 13-2, cutting the Windsor lead to 62-60. With 3:28 to go in the 3rd quarter, Jason Calliste drilled one of his 5 three-pointers on the night to make it a two-point game once again. Calliste finished with a strong 17-point output, despite playing through a hand injury.
But just like they did all night long, the Express responded with an 11-3 run to close out the 3rd quarter, pushing the Titans to the brink of elimination, down 86-78 heading to the 4th quarter.
After falling behind 94-84 early in the fourth, the Titans responded with an incredible 18-4 run to take a 102-98 lead, their largest 4th quarter-lead of the series.
With 1:44 to go, Cavell Johnson knocked down a baseline jumper to make it 104-101 Kitchener-Waterloo. Johnson chipped in with 11 total points off the bench.
With 52 seconds left, Maurice Jones made a pair of free throws to pull Windsor within one point. The next play saw Adam Wing commit a controversial foul on Logan Stutz underneath the hoop.
Head Coach Serge Langis showed his displeasure with the call, however the Express made it count, with Stutz making both free throws to put Windsor in front. Stutz finished with a game-high 26 points.
With the Titans preparing for their final possession, Windsor had four fouls to give, and used a few of them instead of allowing the Titans to get an open look. KW put the ball in the hands of Wing, who already had 18 points on the night and was shooting 7-for-12 from the field. However Wing missed the three-pointer that would’ve given the Titans their first playoff win in franchise history, putting an end to their inaugural season.
Aside from Stutz’s game-high effort, the Express also had Juan Pattillo and Shaquille Keith contribute 20 points of their own.
The Express won 9 of their 10 meetings against the Titans this year, including their 3 playoff matchups.