This bank holiday weekend will be a big one for Worthing Thunders Juniors. Both the U16 and U14 teams will be competing in the Junior National Basketball Finals in Manchester this weekend. Secure Site UK is proud to be sponsoring this home grown team and we wish them all the best. Read below for more information on their road to the finals…..
Under 16s Road to the Finals
It’s been a fantastic year for the U16 team playing in the Premier League. Finishing joint top of the league and reaching the quarter finals of the National cup. It’s been a very competitive season, as all 4 teams in the South Premier League reached the Final Fours in Manchester at the end on the month. After cruising to a comfortable win in Bristol the boys were just one win away from the most prestigious weekend in that basketball calendar. An away game to an unknown Leicester was the only thing in their way, the game although not easy was never in doubt and Thunder proved to strong running away with an 80-62 victory. Newham Youngbloods are our opponents in the semi-final and we will do all we can to bring a National title back to the South Coast.
Under 14s Finals-bound
Our first game was against London Lewisham Thunder, always a good team. We had a very nervous start and didn’t play well as a team, fortunately we had our veteran player, Cameron Hildreth, I say veteran, he was 13 years old at the time, but had been playing and competing, at this level since he was 9. He bossed the game scoring 37 of our 65 points and we won the game 65-59.
The following week we had to play another London team, this time we had to play without Cameron. I must admit, I was a bit worried, but I had no need to be. We played some fantastic team basketball and won the game 62-54. That gave us all the confidence to go on a great run up to Christmas. The team at this point were really working well together and going from strength to strength with a record of 8 wins 1 loss.
Unfortunately we had a bit of a shaky start to 2017. Winning 3 games but losing 3 as well. We regrouped, worked hard and won our last 5 games of the regular season, securing joint top spot in the Southern Premier division in our last game.
In the 1st round of the playoffs we faced a strong Milton Keynes team. We controlled the game though from the beginning, showing them we were the stronger team and won the game comfortably 99-72.
We then faced Sheffield Sharks in the quarter finals of the playoffs. Again, we took control of the game right from the start winning the game 86-64. This proves we are now one of the 4 best teams in the country.
We now will be traveling to Manchester to play in the Final Fours tournament over the weekend of April 29th and 30th.