BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE Kai Woodfall has carried the North-West Thunder to a thrilling 90-82 overtime win over Melbourne in Friday night’s NBL1 clash in Launceston.
He then continued his hot shooting with another three long-range bombs during overtime to keep the Thunder ahead throughout the extra five minutes of play before icing the game from the free-throw line.
In desperate need for a win, the Thunder struggled to get too many easy baskets on offence but kept the Tigers within reach all night thanks to an improved effort on defence.
The Tigers looked the more likely winners with one minute remaining as they edged out to a 75-70 advantage, but a Nick Banyard dunk followed by two missed free throws by William Hickey gave the Thunder a chance which Woodfall capitalised on to full effect.
Banyard finished with a game-high 24 points for the host to go with 15 rebounds, while Woodfall added 21 points on 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-6 from the foul line.
Michael Wells and Nic Pozoglou paced Melbourne with 23 and 20 points respectively.
The Thunder improved their record to 7-9 and stayed in contention for finals ahead of a home game at Ulverstone against Kilsyth next Saturday night.