Worthing Thunder under-16 boys became national champions after they beat the Haringey Hawks 80-68 in the NBL Playoff final at Belle Vue on Sunday lunchtime.

Leonard Musahl led Thunder with 17 points and 11 rebounds as he shot 73 percent from the field with Hosana Kitenge adding 16 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks and five assists which was good for the MVP award.

The season ends with a trophy as well as a joint regular season best record of 19-3, which a testament to the enthusiasm and commitment to the Thunder junior program.

Spyridon Kapsalos led all scorers with 39 points for Haringey but he had little support as he was the only Hawks player in double figures.

After trailing 19-18 at the conclusion of the first quarter, Thunder found their rhythm in the following period as a score by Musahl handed Worthing the lead. Both teams wrestled with that lead in the early stages until a three from Blaize Sagna gave Thunder a 29-27 lead, which they would not relinquish.

Despite narrowing the gap and gaining momentum Haringey trailed 53-51 after three quarters. But Worthing showed tremendous professionalism and with 4:52 left, a triple from Lewis Jee gave Thunder a double-digit lead and from there, the lead peaked at 16 securing a title-winning victory.   

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