BASKETBALL: Thunder reach BBL play-offs

WORTHING Thunder are in the BBL play-offs for the first time after wins over Sheffield Sharks and Plymouth Raiders at the weekend.

Thunder will now travel to BBL champions Newcastle Eagles in the play-off quarter-finals on Friday (7.30pm).

Thunder needed to win both of their games to reach the play-offs and defeated title-chasing Sheffield 97-95 on Saturday, with 26 points from Reggie Bratton.

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Bratton again top-scored on Sunday with 41 points as Thunder beat Plymouth 108-99 after over-time.

THUNDER 97: *Bratton 26pts (6-14 in 2s, 3-4 in 3s, 5-5 in frees) 6rb 2STL, *Makalainen 19pts (6-11 1-2 4-8) 2rb 4ass 2stl, *Prezzie-Blue 18pts (3-4 4-9 0-0) 2rb 3ass, *Cricelli 14pts (6-13 0-0 2-2), 6rb, Zabas 12pts (4-7 1-4 1-2) rb 4ass, *Richard 7pts 12rb 94-8) 3blk, Ivanovskis 1pt 1rb, Midgley 0pts. DNP: Mitchell, Marrast, Brame.

SHEFFIELD 95: *Cook 27pts (9-20 1-4 6-9) 4rb 5ass, Tuck 23pts (7-12 1-2 6-6), *Toney 19pts 6rb, *Lawson 9pts 4rb, Gorman 7pts 5rb, Anderson 4pts 2rb, *Cauthorn 4pts 2rb, *Lyons 2pts 6rb. DNP: Chamndley, Gonsalves. Inj: Patton.

Quarters: 27-21 26-22 (HT 53-43) 22-24 28-22. Rebounds: 35-44. Turnovers 10-14.

RAIDERS 99: *Lasker 30pts (13-21 in 2s, 3-6 in 3s, 1-3 in frees) 6rb, *Valencia 23pts (11-14 0-0 1-2) 8rb 4ass 2stl, *Martin 20pts (9-11 0-0 2-3) 3rb 6ass, *Rowe 19pts (8-12 0-0 1-6) 8rb 2ass 2blk 2stl, *Gall 9pts ()2-10 1-7 4-4) 2stl, Hilleary 0pts 3rb 2ass, Marriott 0pts. DNP: Burchell, Czynienik.

THUNDER 108: *Bratton 41 (16-29 6-7 3-3) 9rb 3stl, *Prezzie-Blue 17pts 95-9 3-6 4-4), *Richard 16pts (8-11 0-0 0-1), 7rb 3ass 2blk, *Makalainen 14pts (5-9 2-4 2-2) 2rb 2ass, *Cricelli 13pts (5-12 0-0 2-3), 8rb, Zabas 4pts (2-6 0-3 0-0) 2ass, Ivanovskis 3pts (1-3 0-0 1-2), Brame 0pts. DNP: Mitchell, Marrast.

Quarters: 21-27 18-12 (39-39HT) 30-26 21-25 (90-90RT) 9-18

See the April 22 edition of the Worthing Herald for full report.

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