With five games remaining until the end of the NBL Division 1 season, Worthing Thunder’s goal is a top-four finish, as they get ready to host Manchester Magic on Saturday. 

Thunder have won two games in a row with wins over Hemel Storm and last week away to Lancashire Spinners with those wins securing a spot in the NBL Division 1 Playoffs for the first time since the 2014-15 season. 

However, Coach D and his group are aiming for home-court advantage in the Playoffs, something that Thunder have not achieved since they returned to the National League from the British Basketball League in 2011. 

“We are striving to keep the pressure on the teams above, securing home court and bettering our brand of basketball as we enter the post season,” Coach D said. 

“I think it’s mathematically impossible to fall out of playoffs at this point but we still have a long way to go to achieve our full potential.” 

The two teams met up in Manchester back in November, with Thunder winning 98-83, their first away win of the season, which came part of the seven-game unbeaten run they enjoyed until January 13, when Thunder lost to Leicester Warriors. 

Despite the comfortable win in the north-west over the Magic, who are fighting for a spot in the post-season, Zaire Taylor warned the team that they can’t overlook anybody, especially during this stage of the season. 

“I don't think we're a team that can overlook anybody,” Taylor said. “We've shown we can lose to anybody as easily as we can beat anybody so we just need to make sure we take care of each game one at a time, and the only thing that matters is the one in front of us.” 

Thunder’s game against Manchester Magic tips-off at 7:30 pm at the Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday night. 

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