Thunder's seven-game unbeaten home run ended by Solent Worthing Thunder were narrowly beaten 90-85 by NBL Division 1 leaders Solent Kestrels in-front of a sell-out crowd at the Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday night. In an exhilarating, top-of-the-table contest, the hosts looked to be in control after an 11-0 burst put Worthing 47-41 ahead at the half. But then Solent fought back in the third quarter as they went on a game-changing 19-0 run themselves to race into a 72-59 lead heading into the fourth quarter and despite pressure towards the end from Thunder, the league leaders hung on. Thunder’s seven-game unbeaten run at home comes to an end. They now have a week off to prepare for a vital home game against Reading Rockets on February 3. “This was a hard loss for us tonight and our title dreams now rest on other results after this one,” Coach D said afterwards. “I thought we had things figured out when we went on a run in the second. “But they went on a run themselves in the third and it changed things. Their point guard, Herman Senor II set the tempo and everything went through him while Joe Tagarelli went to work and destroyed us inside. So with the loss now, we go back to the drawing board and prepare for Reading in a couple weeks and look to maintain the pressure at the top.” Jorge Ebanks led Thunder with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Zaire Taylor flirted with a triple-double by adding 16 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds and Aiman Rezk posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marquis Mathis scored 14 points on his debut. Joe Tagarelli led Solent with a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds. The first quarter was fast-paced with both sides attacking the basket in the early going. Both teams traded scores early on until a three-pointer from Taylor and a lay-up from Ebanks gave Worthing an 11-6 lead. Back-to-back scores from Tagarelli tied the scores before a 6-0 run from the hosts handed the lead back to Worthing. However, a strong finish to the quarter from Solent, highlighted by a three from Jake Eynon gave the visitors a narrow 24-23 edge after the first. Solent added to that three from Eynon to score the opening three buckets of the second to take a 30-23 cushion, Thunder’s James Grinham ended the cold spell with a triple before Coach D was forced into a timeout as the visitors took a 32-26 lead. Solent would maintain their lead for the majority of the second before a quick-fire 11-0 burst from the hosts to end the second quarter, inspired by captain Brendan Okoronkwo led Thunder to a 47-41 lead at the half. The high-intensity start that was witnessed in the early stages of first quarter began the third period as both teams traded three-pointers in the first three possessions. As the quarter progressed though, a 19-0 run from the visitors saw their lead balloon to 70-55 before free throws from Rezk broke the run, but the damage looked to be done as Worthing trailed 72-59 after three. Scores from Louie Kirkman and Herman Senior II increased the lead to 76-59 before Ebanks took matters into his own hand by scoring six points in an 8-0 run to bring Thunder to within nine points of the Kestrels. But the American duo of Senor and Tagerelli managed to steady the ship despite a furious comeback from the hosts at the end.