University of Chichester Thunder see-off Southgate. - 25/02/2012
University of Chichester Thunder defeated Southgate Academical Lions 92-82, giving them a 2-1 record at the Worthing Leisure Centre this season.
Thunder improved to 7-9 while Southgate continues to struggle near the foot of EBL Division Four at 2-16. Sam Johnson led Thunder’s scoring with 17 points with Matt Edwards scoring 15. Fabien Oram grabbed a 12 point, 19 rebound double-double as well for the University team.
Jerome Joseph led all scorers in vain with 27 points for Southgate Academical Lions.
Pride Nyathi started the scoring, but was bettered by a triple from Jerome Joseph, as Southgate took an early 3-2 lead. Chichester went on a 7-0 run, highlighted by a three-pointer from Sam Johnson to lead 14-11 mid-way through the first.
Southgate though hit back thanks to buckets Daniel Andrukonis and a three from Lance Symister to give them a 16-14 lead, as Thunder were missing easy buckets inside. It was only a momentary blip, as they ended the first quarter with Lloyd Hendon-John hitting back-to-back buckets and Oram and Sam Johnson hit also as the University side found themselves up 27-21 after one.
Nyathi, like he did in the first, scored, but this time, from three to get the second quarter going, Gintas Gosickas scored inside for Lions. Ian Marshall scored to extend Thunder’s lead to nine points (32-23).
Southgate hit back-to-back buckets to narrow the gap to 34-27, but a three from Marshall extended the lead to double-digits (37-27). Four quick points from Symister highlighted a mini 6-0 run to narrow the gap to four (37-33). Thunder would lead at half-time though 45-40.
Joseph scored to open the second half for Southgate to cut the lead to one score, but buckets from Nyathi and Johnson restored a reasonable cushion at 50-42.
Edwards hit a three from the corner to give Thunder a double-digit lead at 64-54, and kept their double-digit cushion headed to the final quarter, as they 72-59.
Despite tired legs, Southgate tried to fight back, but University of Chichester Thunder maintained their double-digit for the majority of the final quarter, Matt Edwards hit back-to-back three’s to make the fourth comfortable for the hosts.[Back to news]