But an incredible buzzer beating three-pointer from Melbourne Tigers guard Tom Wilson broke the hearts of players and fans at Schweppes Arena.
The Thunder welcomed Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze and his Melbourne Tigers on Saturday and went down in a thrilling contest, 94-93.
The home side looked in control at the final break with a lead of 10-points but a fast start by the Tigers in the final term had them back in front with the first 12-points of the quarter.
The Thunder settled and took the lead back half way through the quarter before a thrilling final minute of the game.
Holding a two-point lead with 10 seconds remaining, the Tigers grabbed the rebound and got the ball to Wilson who hit a game winning three-pointer from the boundary line with two players marking him.
Jeremiah Ingram led the scoring for the Thunder with 20-points while Brad Simpson (17) and Daniel Sepokas (16) impressed as well.
Joe Chilcott had an impact with 11-points while Brady Armstrong scored nine points coming off the bench.
The loss was hard to take for coach Sam Armstrong who said while the contest was great to watch, it was tough to take away another loss.
“For the most part I was pretty happy but we probably just let ourselves down with the first four or five minutes of the last quarter where we let them back into the game,” Armstrong said.
“They come at us and we responded and get ourselves back but obviously to lose by a shot like that on the buzzer was tough, but we had a chance to seal it from the free-throw line as well which we didn’t get done.”
The Thunder were without import Akeem Richmond for the first time this season after he returned home to America for family reasons and Armstrong was happy with the cover.
“It’s just next man up for us really and that’s going to be the case until we replace him.