ALEX FAIR THE ADVOCATE A nightmare second quarter has helped consign the North-West Thunder to their eighth loss for the NBL1 season in their Friday night road trip to Geelong.
The Thunder looked like winners when they led the third-placed Supercats by 17 points in the second period, a lead that was gone by half-time as the visitors fell to a 79-74 loss at Geelong Arena.
The Thunder started strongly and opened up a 10 point lead in the first and remained in control until the second quarter.
The home side found its range when the Thunder’s lead hit 17, cutting that margin completely with less than three minutes to go in the half thanks to a three-pointer to Anthony Williams.
After being three down at half-time, the Thunder worked their way back into the contest, and at one stage snatched the lead back, only to see the home side end the third quarter with a 7-0 run to lead by 59-54 at the final break.
The game was still on the line until a Lewis Thomasblock sealed the five point win in the final minute.
Jordan Bowling (19 points, seven rebounds and three assists), Nick Banyard (16 points, nine rebounds and two assists) and Joe Chilcott (15 points, seven rebounds and one assist) led the scoring for the Thunder.
They will be back in action on Saturday, as Oliver’s Bakery Cafe Stadium at Ulverstone hosts an NBL1 double header against Knox, with the Launceston Tornadoes on court at 6pm and the Thunder at 8pm.
They will be back in action on Saturday, as Oliver’s Bakery Cafe Stadium at Ulverstone hosts an NBL1 double header against Knox, with the Launceston