(WINDSOR, ON) In a repeat of the season opener just over a week ago, the undefeated Five travelled down to Windsor to take on the win-less Express in Wednesday evening National Basketball League of Canada action.
After suffering to the hands of the Five guards in a second half comeback in the season opener, the Express came out with a defence first game plan to start their fourth game of the season. Five guards Braylon Rayson and Jaylen Bland were met with tight defensive coverage beginning at half court, limiting any time the league leading guard duo had with the ball. Still facing tight coverage, the Five were led by league leading scorer Jaylen Bland with 6 points in the quarter. After 12 minutes, the Five were down 4, 22-26.
The second quarter was more of the same for the Five offence. With a continued high pressing defence, the Express were able to hold the Five starters to just 6 points in the half. Express guard Ryan Anderson led the way defensively for the Express, collecting 4 defensive rebounds and 4 points in the quarter. The Five were led by Calgary native Tyrrel Tate who came off the bench to score 13 points in the quarter. The former Canton Charger shot 5-8 and went 3-3 at the foul line. Going into the half the Five trailed by 12, 43-54.
The Five continued their offensive struggles in the third quarter, with only three players registering at least a point. Offensively, the Five were led by guard Travis Releford who had 9 points in the third. With the Express defence continuing to pressure high on the team’s guards, the Five were forced to use their big man. North York native Grandy Glaze chipped in offensively, netting 5 points and 3 rebounds in the quarter. After 3 quarters, the lead grew larger for the Express 78- 65.
With only 12 minutes remaining in the game, the Five seemed to have some new-found energy. Dexter Williams Jr. started the quarter with a quick transition layup, setting the tempo for a high paced frame. Dallas native Braylon Rayson led the Five offensively, scoring 13 points in the quarter. The Express were led by Reggie Hamilton who came off the bench to score 7 points in the fourth. The Five scored 26 points in the quarter, which wasn’t enough for the comeback, and fell to the Express 103-91.
Five guard Braylon Rayson led the way offensively for both teams, netting 25 points in the game. Canadian Grandy Glaze once again led both teams in rebounds collecting 5 points and 13 rebounds through 30 minutes of play.
The Five now look to their next home game this Saturday December 1stas they welcome back the Windsor Express in game 2 of the home-and-home series. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at www.greatersudbury.ca/tickets.