Thunder Clinch Win Over Trailblazers

Worthing Thunder got back to their winning ways with a highly entertaining and exciting 81 – 77 victory over visiting Derby Trailblazers at Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.

 

In a match which swung wildly between the two teams Thunder were ahead by as many as 20 points in the second quarter but a spirited third period fight-back saw Derby ahead by five points early in the fourth quarter. The visitors maintained this lead tight up until the last dramatic one minute and 11 seconds of the match when they were ahead by 4 points. However in a nail-biting conclusion in front of a wildly enthusiastic home crowd Thunder regained control of the game; first with a three-point score from Barkers of Tarring Man-of-The match Cameron Hildreth (which saw Thunder pull back to within one point) and then subsequently with a further score from behind the arc from Alex Owumi to put Thunder two points ahead and effectively seal the match for the home team. The last few seconds were played out with Derby fouling to regain possession and two free throws on the buzzer scored by Owumi made the score look more comfortable than it felt for the home fans!

 

Top scorers for Thunder were Zaire Taylor (21 points); Alex Owumi (20 points); Cameron Hildreth (19 points); Tom Ward (15 points) ; Kayne King (4 points); Ishmael Fontaine (2 points)

 

A full match report is to follow later.

 

Thunder are next in action in the National Cup on Sunday 3rdNovember against Ipswich Tomcats at the earlier tip off time of 5pm.

Thunder 70 – 88 Kestrels

Worthing Thunder were beaten 70 -88 by a strong and physical side from Solent Kestrels in front of virtually a full house at Worthing Leisure Centre.

 

Although Thunder were quick to get into a 4-0 lead this was the only time they were ahead in the game. Solent’s inside presence and strong rebounding caused a number of difficulties for the home side.

 

The home team’s three point shooting was a strength in the early games in the season but the outside shooting just would not find their target in the face of some fierce defending from the visitors

 

Solent lead at the end of the first quarter 16 -14 and increased their lead to a 21 point margin at the half time break. Thunder came out with more determination in the third quarter cutting the deficit to just 12 points at one stage but ended the third period still trailing by 15 points (65-50).Thunder continued to battle in the last period but the visitors were just too strong under the basket finishing the game with a comfortable 18 point lead.

 

Thunder are in actin again at home next Saturday 7.30pm when the visitors will be Derby Trailblazers.

 

Top scorers for Thunder : Tom Ward (20 points); Kayne King (16 points) ; Zaire Taylor (15 points)