Thunder eye strong finish to the season

WORTHING Thunder Basketball Club coach Daniel Hildreth still wants his side to finish the season strongly after their play-off hopes came to an end on Sunday.

Daniel Hildreth
Daniel Hildreth

Thunder’s aims of reaching the EBL Division 1 play-offs were ended with a 76-70 defeat at Essex Leopards and Hildreth said: “It’s frustrating that we’re not going to make the play-offs, as that was our intention.

“We now finish the season with home games against three of the top four and we’ve got to stay focused and finish the season strongly.

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“What we’ve got to remember is that we’ve got a very young team. Even the likes of Brendan Okoronkwo and Tomas Seduikis are only in their early 20s and we came up against a Essex team on Saturday, who had eight players that had played in the BBL in the last two years.

“Their experience was far greater than ours but we’re building a side here and are doing the right thing.

“All of the team has a year’s more experience now and our junior programme has also done exceptionally well.

“Our under-13 and under-14 teams are unbeaten, the under-15s reached the play-offs, the under-16s are second in their division and the under-18 Conference team made the play-offs.

“It’s positive for us and there’s a good base for the club underneath the men’s team.”

Thunder host Manchester Magic on Saturday, with a 7.30pm tip-off at Worthing Leisure Centre.