Thunder edge out Reading Rockets in front of packed Thunderdome.

Worthing Thunder continued their impressive start to the season with an 86-79 victory over Reading Rockets in front of another packed house at Worthing Leisure Centre in a tight first quarter where neither side could command any significant lead. Thunder went into the break leading by a solitary point (28-28). Status quo continued until half time with both teams returning to the locker room and the lead switched to Reading ahead 44 – 43.

However it was Reading that came out fighting in the third quarter, extending their lead to as many as 10 points. Thunder rallied throughout the remainder of the quarter to claw back the lead; ending the quarter 58 – 58.

In the last quarter, cheered on by increasingly enthusiastic and noisy crowd, Thunder were determined to secure another victory and saw the game home to a comfortable  86 – 79 victory.

The match was sponsored by Julian Wilkins & Co. who selected Zaire Taylor as their Man of the Match.

Top scorers were Alex Owumi and Zaire Taylor both with 22 points, Brendan Okoronkwo with 18 points, Tom Ward with 10 points and Ishmael Fontaine and Kevin Moyo with 7 points each.

Next home game is 27th October against Team Newcastle University, tip off 7:30pm.

Thunder advance into National Trophy semi-finals!

Worthing Thunder progressed to the Trophy semi-final, 89-78, in front of a large Sunday afternoon crowd, after a last quarter fight-back from local rivals, Team Solent Kestrels.

Thunder exploded into action in the first quarter; running out a 26-point start with Nick Lewis hitting 11 points with Thunder going into 26-11 lead which they never relinquished. Thunder continued to pile on pressure in the second quarter sinking baskets at will from all around the court and went into the locker room, 48-29.

Solent came out after the break determined to fight back and won the third quarter 25-19 and continued to challenge Thunder, bringing the gap back to just 7 points. Thunder’s experience in slowing the game down saw them home to an 11-point victory.

Top scorers were ‘Barkers of Tarring MVP’ Nick Lewis with 35 points, followed by Brendan Okoronkwo and Zaire Taylor; both with 11 points.

Thunder are next in action away at Hemel on 6th October, and play again at home on 13th October against Reading Rockets.