Worthing Thunder used a strong third quarter to record a convincing 106-75 win over NBL Division 1 basement side Lancashire Spinners at Castle Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon.

After taking a comfortable 51-40 lead at the half, Thunder put the game out of reach in the third by holding Lancashire to just six points, as their 11-point lead ballooned to 81-46, heading into the final period, sealing the win.

Worthing moves into third with the win as Team Northumbria were involved in the National Trophy final today.

Jorge Ebanks led a balanced scoring effort with 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Marquis Mathis posted 24 points and 14 rebounds with James Grinham adding 17.

Zaire Taylor secured the first triple-double of the season as he amassed 13 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds.

“It was so good to get that game out of the way,” Ebanks said afterwards.

“That type of game is always difficult because it’s all about your team. Do you play down to their level or do you play up to yours? But we played professionally as a unit and we’re glad we got the win.”

Harold Trobo led Spinners with 24 points. 

Brendan Okoronkwo and Ebanks scored Thunder’s first nine points in a scrappy start where they were never really able to break away early as the first quarter was closely-fought. Worthing led by as many as six points, thanks to a lay-up from Okoronkwo but the Spinners fought back to narrow the visitors’ lead to 27-25. 

The hosts maintained the pressure in the second quarter, and it paid off, four minutes into the period as a score from Trobo gave them a 34-33 lead. However, the narrow advantage did not last long as Worthing raced clear with a 14-0 run, which turned into a 51-40 lead at the break. 

But it was the third period where Worthing asserted their true dominance as they shut down the Spinners while going down the other end and scoring freely. Ebanks and Grinham were the main inspirations behind Thunder’s surge as they led 81-46 heading into the fourth. 

Luke Attfield scored the first points of the fourth quarter as it peaked at a 39-point cushion in what turned out to be a routine win, despite the slow start in the first quarter.

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