BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE The NBL1 finals chances of the North-West Thunder hang by a thread after they crashed to a 74-61 loss to Knox at Ulverstone on Saturday night.
After a loss to Geelong on the road the night before, the Thunder returned home to face the 15th-placed Raiders without the services of Reyne Smith and captain Joe Chilcott.
The lack of extra scoring options told for most of the night as the home side shot the ball at 32 per cent for the game and only had 27 points on the board at half-time.
Despite the shooting woes, the Thunder managed to only trail by nine points halfway through the last quarter after a three-pointer by Kai Woodfall.
But that would be as close as they would get as the Raiders steadied and grew the margin back out to double figures by the final siren.
Jordan Bowling top-scored for the Thunder with 16 points, but had to do it on 6-19 shooting, while Lachaln Dent and Kai Woodfall added 12 and 10 points respectively.
Adam Thoseby led Knox with 22 points, with support from Cadarian Raines (15 points) and Mike Rose (13 points).
The Thunder’s record has now dropped to 6-9 with five games left in the season .