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.

Thunder win season opener on the road.

Despite missing Tom Ward and Brendan Okoronkwo Thunder cruised to a comprehensive 99 -72 victory over Barking Abbey Crusaders in their first competitive game of the season.

Thunder stormed into an 8 -0 lead and never looked back leading from tip to buzzer.

Leading by 27 – 17 at the break Thunder extended their lead to go in at the break 51 – 40

The visitors continued to pile on the pressure in the second half leading by as many as 34 points at one stage and comfort my saw the game home by a margin of27 points.

Man of the match Nick Lewis scored 32 points with Zaire Taylor and Alex Owumi adding 21 and 24 points respectively.

Thunder are bound to face a more challenging task next Sunday when they welcome Solent to Worthing Leisure Centre where the losers will almost certainly be eliminated from the Trophy competition.

Please remember this game tips off at the earlier time of 3pm