Thunder make Play-Off finals after tough game against Loughborough

Worthing Thunder progressed to the final of the National Basketball League Play-Offs with a hard-fought victory over a strong and youthful visiting Loughborough Riders. Thunder, keen to retain the silverware they won last year, had to battle all the way to ensure they would be visiting Manchester at the end of April, where they will play Solent Kestrels in the final.
Loughborough appeared to be in command for much of the game, but just like the Trophy final between these two sides earlier in the year, a devastating last quarter; which Thunder won 24-10, saw Worthing home to a victory; despite some last minute nerves.

Thunder through to Play-Off Semi-Final

Worthing Thunder progressed to the Semi final of the post-season play-offs after a comfortable 107 – 85 victory against the visiting Essex Leopards.

Thunder never looked in trouble after settling into a early lead and finishing the quarter with a 33 – 19 lead at the end of the first quarter. Playing attractive basketball in front of a packed house Thunder continued to keep control of the match finishing the first half ahead 58 – 45.

After the break both sides continued to trade baskets but Thunder never lost control of the game maintaining their lead until the final buzzer. Zaire Taylor- Barkers of Tarring man of the match – displayed his full repertoire of shots scoring spectacular baskets from around the court and guided Thunder home to a final 107 – 85 victory. Taylor finished top scorer with 34 points; Alex Owumi added 23 with Jorge Ebanks and Ishmael Fontaine adding 18 and 15 points respectively.

Thunder now meet Loughborough in the playoff semi final next Saturday at Worthing Leisure Centre tip off 7.30pm.

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