Worthing Thunder’s newest acquisition Samson Soulis certainly impressed during his debut in the team’s 72-57 win over Leicester Warriors on Saturday, and the native of Athens, Greece is up for the challenge of competing for more minutes in the next few games.

Soulis posted eight points, going for 75 percent from the field in just 13 minutes on the court and the shooting guard is aiming for more minutes, starting with his first game on the road next Saturday against Solent Kestrels.

“Hopefully I can get into the rotation more,” Soulis said. “This is my first game so I didn’t expect to play big minutes. But I’ve only had a few training sessions and I’m learning the new plays so hopefully in the next few games I will be more confident with the system and I will be competing for more minutes.

“But this is a great team with very talented players, so it will be hard, but I live for new challenges.”

Soulis admits to not getting the plays down 100 percent just yet, but having just arrived on the south coast, it’s understandable. However, the 22-year-old was certainly active and did not out of place when he was on court on Saturday. He constantly created his own space for open jump shots, resulting in connecting on his only three-point attempt and attacked the basket in transition with confidence.

The new system that Coach D has implemented is working, and Soulis is getting it, slowly but surely.

“I’m borderline,” Soulis admits. “Like I said, I will need a few games to get totally fluent in the system. But I am still going to be active and play to my strengths and this team as a group compliments my style of play well.

“I’ve just played my first game so I’m being put into the rotation gradually but I will aim to play more minutes, for sure.”

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