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By londonthunder, Oct 22 2018 09:40AM

Thunder hosted Sussex Storm on Sunday afteroon looking to continue their home winning streak.

In the early stages of the first quarter Thunder were not defending well but managed to stay ahead in the opening minutes of the game. After Thunder’s 7-4 early lead, Sussex Storm had a 10-0 run to take the lead and force a Thunder time out. Storm continued to attack the rebounds and push the ball in transition and were up 25-15 up at the break. Things went from bad to worse for Thunder in the second quarter as Storm pulled further ahead with an 8-0 run the the first 4 minutes of the second quarter, to give Storm an 18 point lead, Thunder tried to respond but Storm went even further ahead, controlling the rebounds and scoring in the paint.

Thunder could not get going all game, but made a final push in the 4th quarter and managed to temporarily reduce Storms lead, but Storm came back to restore their 20 point lead.

Scorers: Richards 16, Simeon 13, Shane 8, Myles 6, Aaron 3.

Quarter scores 15-25; 8-19; 7-13; 16-16; London Thunder 46- Sussex Storm 73.

By londonthunder, Oct 15 2018 07:33PM

Thunder started well establishing a lead of 6 points early. The starters worked well. TJ got tagged again but managed to stay out of foul trouble in the first quarter. Players off the bench struggled to maintain the lead and Greenhouse came back within 4 points.

Coach Steve gave an important timeout and rallied the boys to halftime and keep the lead. Our transition game needs more work but the team worked hard and managed to switch up the defensive play from man to zone which frustrated Greenhouse. In the 3rd and 4th quarters coach was able to rotate the bench offering valuable game experience to less seasoned players. Josh U ended the 3rd quarter with a runaway dunk and Ruben made double digit points driving hard through the key. Thunder won the game 72-49 with top points going to, Josh U with 20, Ruben 18, TJ 11, 4 big rebounds and 2 block shots, Mo 8, PST 1 assists others Harry 3 rebounds 1 assist, Nage 2 points, Jordon S 2 points, Jayden 1 rebound, overall a good win.

Coach Steve is taking a close look at the squad as the bench needs to be game ready and run the plays if if we are to progress in the league well done Thunder

Coach Peter

By londonthunder, Oct 9 2018 07:54PM

London Thunder 105 vs London United 2 60

At the start of the season the men’s team is progressing well Sunday indicates our improvement with 100 points on the board. London united lacked unity and organisation probably due to lack of team practice nevertheless our offensive production was impressive.

Top scorers were newbie Charles with 20pts in addition we had an impressive 6 players in double figures including Hibbert 14pts , Tabansi 14pts, Bywater 12pts, Moore 10pts and Captain Camille scoring 12pts and anchoring the team on both ends of the floor.

Next game against highly ranked Canterbury on Saturday 13th October.

Coach Steve Bucknall

By londonthunder, Oct 8 2018 05:33PM

London Thunder 79 v Greenhouse pioneers 62

With the recent loss against Solent the U18 wanted to establish a good start and stay in control and out of foul trouble. Unfortunately TJ got tagged early within the first minute and would sit out most of 1st quarter. It was up to Josh, Ruben, and MO, to go to work establishing a lead. By the second quarter Coach Bucknall was able to rotate the bench and use the rookies, Jordon E, Nage, Harry, Jordan S, all came off the bench and contributed to the halftime score, Thunder remained in control till halftime up by 6points at halftime. Greenhouse came back in 3rd quarter and pressed hard coming within 4 points and managing to break down the set plays. Excellent coaching from Coach Bucknall kept the lead and the bench rotation. Sending a message to the starters to be more creative paid off as the lead was held and Josh U finished the 3rd quarter with a breakaway dunk to finish the 3rd quarter.

Thunder came out in the forth quarter fighting to hold the lead. The set plays were working better now when they worked they worked well and Greenhose had no comeback. The Thunder rotation from the bench would see all players having valuable court time, some of the rookies still need more court confidence and hopefully games like this will provide good court experience for them.

Thunder ended the game 79-62 a real confidence booster. At the start of the season with many teams still to play Thunder are developing the squad and transition play a good win let’s go Thunder.

Coach Peter

By londonthunder, Oct 7 2018 06:05PM

London Thunder 62

Reading Rockets 53

In the second straight home game U14 boys hosted Reading Rockets on Saturday at the Thunderdome. Thunder made a strong start and went ahead early despite missing 7 free throws in the first quarter. Early foul trouble disrupted the flow of the game for Thunder, poor foul shooting and defensive errors allowed Reading to take a lead midway through the second quarter, again assisted by Thunder’s poor conversion rate from the free throw line.

By half time Thunder were 6 from 22 from the foul line and Reading crept ahead to led by two points at the half, 28-30. Thunder’s problems from the free throw line continued, and once again Reading capitalised on it and had a 10 point lead at the half way point in the 3rd period. Thunder responded with a 6-0 run to close the 3rd quarter and reduced the deficit to 41-37. Thunder’s momentum carried over into the 4th quarter, and after a 6-2 run the scores were levelled at 43-43. However, Reading made a run of their own to take a four point lead and force a Thunder time out with 3 minutes left to play. Thunder regrouped and closed the game with a 14-2 run, this time converting their free throws down the stretch to close the game out 62-53. A better effort in the last period allowed Thunder to win the game in the end.

Free throw shooting: 13/37 35%

Scores: Myles 16, Shane 13, Ivan 13, Simeon 7, Richards 6, Vladimir 3, Aaron 3, Donell 1,

Next game is away at Richmond Knights on Saturday 13 October @ 4:30pm.