BASKETBALL: Thunder lose at Newcastle in play-offs

WORTHING Thunder's maiden venture in the BBL play-offs ended at the first hurdle on Friday (April 23) when they lost 102-74 at champions Newcastle Eagles.

Eagles started the game at a blistering pace and were 22-6 ahead early on, after a 16-2 run, and they led 28-12 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second period, Eagles continued to pull away from Thunder, thanks to some impressive outside shooting from Andrew Bridge and Joe Chapman, whose back-to-back three-pointers gave Eagles a 24-point advantage at half-time, 54-30.

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In the second half, Eagles started with an 8-0 run to take the score out to 62-30. Another 11-4 burst from the home side again extended their lead to their biggest of the game of 35 points at 77-42.

Three-pointers from Sherrod Prezzie-Blue and James Brame helped Thunder end the third period with a 13-2 tear to trim the deficit slightly to 79-55.

In the final quarter, Thunder tried valiantly to get themselves back into the game but they could get no closer than 27 points at 99-72, with two minutes remaining, as the Eagles secured their semi-final berth.

Reggie Bratton led Thunder's scorers with 19 points.


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