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.