BRAD COLE THE ADVOCATE The North-West Thunder will head into the NBL1 Easter break on a winning note after scoring a long-awaited 102-95 win over intrastate rivals Hobart on Saturday night.
After a see-sawing opening three quarters where neither side could gain a definitive edge, the Thunder trailed by one point heading into the final ten minutes of play.
But they began the last term with 16-5 run to break the game open and managed to fend off several charges by the Huskies that saw them cut the margin to five points.
The win was made even more meritorious after import Jordan Bowling got fouled out of the game in the second quarter after playing just six minutes of court time.
In his absence, fellow import Nick Banyard played a starring role, finishing with 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assist, while back-up centre Paul Campbell enjoyed his increased court time to tally 20 points on 8-10 shooting to go with 10 rebounds.
However the star of the show was once again Tre Armstrong, with the 19-year-old bouncing back from a quiet game last week to score a game-high 31 points, which included five three-pointers.
Thunder captain Joe Chilcott said he was pleased to finally break a drought against Hobart teams on the road that stretched back to 2015.
“I said to the guys before the game it had been at three seasons since we had won a game down there, so there was a bit of motivation for us,” he said.
“It certainly wasn’t our greatest game but it was just nice to get the result in Hobart and hopefully we can fix a few of our problems over the break
“Nick was great for us after being challenged over the last few week – he really stepped up to the plate, and when Tre is on, he’s on and last night was no different.
“He had a quiet game against Nunawading, but I expected him to bounce back, and when he’s firing for us we look pretty good.”
Jalen Adams led Hobart with 22 points, with Matthew Young adding 18 points.