Thunder vs Essex Rebels, L Lynch Trophy

Sunday finally saw the Worthing Thunder have their first competitive action of the 2020/2021 season as they took on last season’s Division Two champions Essex Rebels in the new L Lynch Trophy.
Played under strict Covid19 rules in a central hub at Solent Kestrels Complex in front of no spectators it was an eerie sensation to watch the game! Both teams were understandably a bit rusty as neither had played for over seven months, but they provided a good game for the watching supporters on live stream.
The first half was end to end ball with Thunder generally in control but unable to gain any big leads. As the half way break approached only a Tom Ward put back on the buzzer kept Thunder in front at 42-41! In the second half Thunder applied the pressure as their two star youngsters ( Cameron Hildreth @ Max Richardson ) upped the pace of the game. They possess such talent along with the others in the squad that it looks to be an exciting ( if unusual ) season.
Thunder pulled away as the fourth period saw the game head for closure and but for a late run of trey’s by Essex could have won easier! Cameron finished with 37 points,10 rebounds and 5 assists and Max 26 points and 10 rebounds to round off a good days work! Thunders captain Zaire Taylor ended with 8 points and 8 assists showing his experience will be very important to the team in the future. Returning senior pro Tom Ward also hit double figures with 10 points.
Thunder are in action again next Sunday when they take on BA London Lions in the Trophy tipping at 12.00 noon. The game once again will be live streamed on Basketball England’s You Tube Channel.

Owumi Signs as Director at Thunder.

Alex Owumi has played his last professional basketball game and although it wasn’t the end of the season we would of hoped for him and hoped he was playing his final game at Worthing in front of the best fans in the league along with some Worcester fans coming down to say goodbye; however it isn’t goodbye to Alex when it comes to Worthing Thunder and British Basketball as we welcome Alex onto the ownership group at Worthing Thunder

Alex has had a fantastic career ranging various countries and different teams in England that he will now take his basketball direction a different route as he joins the ownership group

Alex Owumi commented: “I’m really excited about joining the ownership group of the Worthing Thunder.

The club have made strides in the last couple years and when Zaire approached me with the opportunity I thought it would be a great fit.

The future for the club all around is bright and looking forward to the start of next season.”

Zaire Taylor commented:
“I know Alex will be a great addition. He brings a lot to the table that will push Worthing Thunder to the next level.

However more importantly for me it’s about loyalty, Spending the last two seasons here he’s done a lot to get this club to where it is now, so to me the move made perfect sense.”