Worthing Thunder opened the new season with a 107-85 loss to Solent Kestrels in the National Trophy at Fleming Park on Saturday night.
Worthing Thunder coach Daniel Gayle used last weekend’s friendly against Thames Valley Cavaliers as a focal point for his players ahead of Saturday’s National Trophy clash away at Solent Kestrels.
Worthing Thunder eventually pulled away from a stubborn Thames Valley Cavaliers side 82-72 in a pre-season friendly at the Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.
Worthing Thunder captain Brendan Okoronkwo believes that every minute on the court is valuable as the countdown to September 16 and another new season draws nearer.
Worthing Thunder are excited to announce our new sponsors, local Italian restaurant group, Giuseppes, who have also entered into a collaboration with Worthing Leisure Centre, to provide Thunder fans with match night food for all our home matches for the 2017~18 season.
In preparation for next season, Worthing Thunder Juniors will be holding open trials for next season, welcoming new or returning players.
Worthing Thunder under-14 won the national title as they defeated London Thunder Lewisham 87-72 in the NBL Playoff championship game at Belle Vue on Sunday afternoon.
Cameron Hildreth led Thunder with a game-high 34 points and seven rebounds. Abdou Gaye added a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double for the winners who made it a double winning weekend for the Worthing Thunder junior program.
Saul Iwowo led London in defeat with 13 points.
Like their under-16s before them, Worthing fell behind early but responded in the second quarter as a basket by Cameron Hildreth tied the score at 24-24 and even though the London side regained the lead, Worthing were close behind. A score by Josh Hicklebottom gave the Thunder the lead, which grew to double-digits at the half.
Worthing’s momentum carried onto the third quarter where they led by as many as 16 points thanks a score from Hicklebottom. However, Lewisham finished the quarter strong, narrowing the deficit to single digits at the end of the period. Worthing still enjoyed a 63-55 advantage heading into the fourth.
Worthing though quickly restored their ten-point lead early in the last period thanks to a bucket by Hildreth and from there; Worthing’s lead remained in double-digits as the boys from London fatigued.